raised up manufactures, and left them to us. We inherit libraries and railways; we inherit factories and houses; we inherit the wealth and the industry and the culture of the past.
We do not do enough if we merely transmit that, or what is exactly like it, to the future.
No; he does not imitate his father who is just like his father, paradoxical as it may seem.
Every age that has preceded us in New England
has set its ingenuity to work to find out some wider, deeper, better, more liberal, and higher method of serving posterity.
, the Carvers, and the Brewsters left us churches, planned schools, common roads, and wooden houses.
The generation just gone have not only turned their wooden wharves into granite, their roads to iron, their spinning-wheels to factories that can clothe the earth in a month, but they have conquered space and the elements with steam, they have harnessed the lightning and sent it on errands; they have not only continued their churches, they have taken hold of the four corners of the earth with their societies for the education of the race.
It is for us so to be wise in our time, that posterity shall remember us also for some peculiar improvement upon the institutions of our fathers.
Inaugurate, then, this generation, by the avowal of the principle that private wealth has ceased to be; that it is mortgaged for the use of the public; that its office is not to breed up idlers, but to provide the broadest and most liberal means of education; that it takes the babe of poverty, and holds him in its careful hands, and pledges the skill and garnered wealth of the wealthiest to give him the very best possible culture of which the age is capable,--that Massachusetts
not only gives him the district schools and the normal school, she not only sees to it that his hands shall be educated to earn money, but when, with native tenacity,