Excerpt from The Duty of the Hour: An Oration Delivered at Jamaica, Long Island, July 4th, 1863
It should at this time be the object of every pub lic speaker and writer to convince the people of the North of their situation, for it has been well said that the majority of a great people, on a sub jcet which they understand, will never act wrong. If there ever was a day in any age or nation when a clear comprehension of the state of public affairs and an entire and cordial unity of action were of vital consequence, it is the present period in the loyal states of this Union. The contest which has been forced upon us, and which' we cannot escape if we would, is one involving our personal freedom, the sanctity of our homes, the purity of our Gospel and of our temples, the preservation of our substance, and for all that should claim the allegiance and brave defence of noble men.
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