Excerpt from Oration Delivered at Kingston, R. I: July 4, 1843 We have assembled to celebrate the birth-day of our national existence - to render thanks to Almighty God who crowned with success the ever memorable struggle of our ancestors for independence - and to kindle anew our love of liberty by contemplating the virtue, the wisdom, and the heroic deeds of the men of '76. The moral grandeur of the event we celebrate surpasses, that of any other recorded in history. It was the first public declaration, by a nation, of the true principles of government, and its influence was to be coextensive with the world. France, Greece, Ireland, Poland, and South America have, through seas of blood, attempted to follow the glorious example of America. The anniversary of our independence is commemorated, t by the sons of America alone, but by the friends of freedom in every clime, in Europe, and in the distant isles of the Pacific. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.