Excerpt from An Address to the People of Maryland
I trust the condition of public affairs will secure your par don for the language I venture to address to you on the mo mentons questions which agitate the public mind. My life, and the lives of those from whom I sprung, have been passed on your soil. Though I have never sought office at your hands, or at those of the General Government, I trust I need not say to those of you Who know me, that my whole circle of inﬂuence (small as it may have been) has been in favor of the welfare and continuance of the Union of the States, and of the welfare and honor of the State of Maryland.
If asked whether I love the Union or the State of Mary land most, my reply is prompt and frank. I love the Union most. Born under the Union - my heart has leapt at that glorious name from the earliest recollections of my childhood to the frosty years of an age which, though it has impaired my health and activity, has not diminished the intensity of the love I bear my country. Her glory, her honor, her power, her union, her happiness and welfare, now and for ever, are dearer to me than life. As a bright gem set in the bosom of this glorious Union, Maryland has my strong and loyal affections. I have watched her prosperity with the fondest solicitude from my earliest life, and yet I say to you I love the Union more than Maryland.
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