nted by the good people of these Colonies, was the first general or national government which existed in America: and its very assembling was a declaration of Union, as its act, nearly two years afterwards, was a Declaration of Independence.
On the day, therefore, of the assembling of that Congress, the grand idea of American Union attained its full development, and expanded into action.
That was the birthday of United America — the natal hour of our hallowed Union.
We celebrate the Fourth of July for our Independence; but we take no note of the fifth of September for the Union, without which Independence would never have been achieved, or, perhaps, meditated.
Having thus traced back the stream of Union to its source, let us observe for a moment the character of the people who then commingled their fate, and the circumstances with which they were surrounded.
They were, in language, lineage, and institutions, essentially one people, as they then organized and consolidated thems