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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 20. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.25 (search)
ught a westward passage to the Island of Japan and the Asiatic mainland, was interrupted by the little archipelago off Florida, made his crew take an affidavit that one could march on foot from Cuba across Asia to Spain, but never landed upon North America nor suspected the existence of the Pacific ocean. These terrible historic critics go further still, and I will read you what the last of them, Mr. Justin Winsor, librarian of Harvard University, says in this very quadri-centennial year, whhe people, than that? It will never be found, except by those who could make the mistake which your forefathers never made — the mistaking of Mecklenburg county for North Carolina, the mistaking of North Carolina for the United Colonies of North America. But the dignity and self-restraint of men capable of selfgovern-ment, ordering the spirit and the structures of their society, are here. Nothing for aggression is here, but everything for defense. But the substantials of self-governm