guilds and landholders, trusting the helm of state to property and education.
And all these, which at their best held but a million or two within their narrow limits, have gone down in the ocean of time.
A hundred years ago our fathers announced this sublime, and, as it seemed then, foolhardy declaration,that God intended all men to be free and equal: all men, without restriction, without qualification, without limit.
A hundred years have rolled away since that venturous declaration; and to-day, with a territory that joins ocean to ocean, with fifty millions of people, with two wars behind her, with the grand achievement of having grappled with the fearful disease that threatened her central life and broken four millions of fetters, the great Republic, stronger than ever, launches into the second century of her existence.
The history of the world has no such chapter in its breadth, its depth, its significance, or its bearing on future history.
What Wycliffe did for religion, Jefferson
and Sam Adams
did for the State
,--they trusted it to the people.
He gave the masses the Bible
, the right to think.
and Sam Adams
gave them the ballot, the right to rule.
His intrepid advance contemplated theirs as its natural, inevitable result.
Their serene faith completed the gift which the Anglo-Saxon
race makes to humanity.
We have not only established a new measure of the possibilities of the race; we have laid on strength, wisdom, and skill a new responsibility.
that each man's relations to God and his neighbor are exclusively his own concern, and that he is entitled to all the aid that will make him the best judge of these relations; that the people are the source of all power, and their measureless capacity, the lever of all progress; their sense of right, the court of final appeal in civil affairs; the institutions they create the only ones any