Independence Day: Fourth Of July Oration: President John Quincy Adams

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On July 4th1837 John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States and the first President who was the son of a President delivered a speech in Newburyport, Massachusetts at the request of that town’s citizenry. 

He said in that speech delivered eight years after he left the Presidency, “Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the World, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day? – And why is it that, among the swarming myriads of our population, thousands and tens of thousands among us, abstaining, under the dictate of religious principle, from the commemoration of that birth-day of Him, who brought life and immortality to light, yet unite with all their brethren of this community, year after year, in celebrating this, the birth-day of the nation?  Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the corner stone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.  The Fourth of July celebration — next to Christmas, the most joyous and most venerated festival.

Oration – The Declaration Of Independence

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