The address abounds in literary and historical allusions.
In stating the compensations of a life, with duty as its guide and aim, he may possibly have referred to some experiences of his own. ‘the world with ignorant or intolerant judgment may condemn, the countenance of companion may be averted, the heart of friend may grow cold; but the consciousness of duty done will be sweeter than the applause of the world, than the countenance of companion or the heart of friend.’1
When preparing or ‘conning’ the address, he wrote Longfellow
Of the coming time when other and higher standards of character should prevail, he said:—
Then will be cherished, not those who from accident of birth, or by selfish struggle, have succeeded in winning the attention of mankind; not those who have commanded armies in barbarous war; not those who have exercised power or swayed empire; not those who have made the world tributary to their luxury and wealth; not those who have cultivated knowledge, regardless of their fellowmen.
Not present fame, nor war nor power nor wealth nor knowledge, alone,