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THE BUNKER HILL MONUMENT. ADDNESS DELTVERED AT THE LAYING OF THE COR.ND,N STONE OF THE BUNKER HTLL XONUUENT AT CHARLASfOWN, MASS., ON THE ITTH or JUNE, 1825. zf\HIS uncounted multitude before me and around me provelr I tle feeling which the occasion has excited. These thou- sands of human faces, glowing with sympathy and joy, and from the impulses of a common gratitude turned reverently to heaven in thia spaciow temple of the firmament, proclaim that the day, the place, and the purpos€ of our ass€mbling, have made a deep impression on our hearts. If, indeed, there be anything in local association fit to aftect the mind of man, we neecl not strive to repress the emotions which agitate us here. We are among the sepulchers of our fathers, We are on ground distinguished by their valor, their constancy, and the shedding of their blood. We are here, not to 6x an uncertain date in our annab, nor to draw into notice an obscure and unknown spot. If our humble pupose had never been conceived, if we ounelves had never been born, the rTth of June, 1775, would have been a day on which all suboequent history would have poured its light, and the eminence where we stand, a point of attraction to the eyes of successive generations. But we are Americans. We live in what may be called the " early age" of this grcat contiuent; and we Lnow that our posterity, through all time, are here to eojoy and suffer the allotments of rg
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DANIEL WEBSTER. humanity. lVe see before us a probable train of grcat events; we know that our own fortunes have been happily cast; and it is natural, therefore, that we should be moved by the contemplr- tion of occu"ences which have guided our destiny before many of us were born, and settled the condition in which we should pass that portion of our existence which God allows to meo on eafth. . We do not read even of the discovery of this continent with- out feeling something of a personal interest in the event, without being reminded how much it has affected our own fortunes and our own existence. It would be still more unnatural for us, there- fore, than for others, to contemplate eith unaffected minds that interesting, I may say that most touching and pathetic scene, when the great discoverer of America stood on the deck of his shattered bark, the shades of night falling on the sea, yet no man sleeping; tossed on the billows of an unknown ocean, yet tbe stronger billows of alternate hope and despair tossing his own troubled thoughts; extending forward his harassed frame, strain- ing westward his anxious aDd eager eyes, till lleaven at last granted-him a monent of rapture and ecstasy, in blessing his vision with the sight of the unknown world. Nearer to our times, more closely bonnected with our fates, and therefore still more interesting to our feelings and afiections, is the settlement of our own country by colonists from Englaud. We cherisb every memorial of these worthy ancestors; we cele- brate their patience and fortitude; we admire their daring enter- prise; we teach our children to venerate their piety; aad we are
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