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It is a fearful thing to lead this great peaceful people into war, into the most terrible and disastrous of all wars, civilization itself seeming to be in the balance. But the right is more precious than peace, and we shall fight for the things which we have always carried nearest our hearts for democracy, for the right of those who submit to authority to have a voice in their own governments, for the rights and liberties of small nations, for a universal dominion of right by such a concert of free peoples as shall bring peace and safety to all nations and make the world itself at last free.

WOODROW WILSON-War Message to Congress. April 2, 1917.

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To such a task we can dedicate our lives and our fortunes, everything that we are and everything that we have, with the pride of those who know that the day has come when America is privileged to spend her blood and her might for the principles that gave her birth and happiness, and the peace which she has treasured. God helping her, she can do no other.

WOODROW WILSON-War Message to Congress. April 2, 1917.

(See also LUTHER, for last words)

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This is the one hundred and tenth anniversary of the birthday of Washington. We are met to celebrate this day. Washington is the mightiest name on earth-long since mightiest in the cause of civil liberty; still mightiest in moral reformation. On that name an eulogy is expected. It can not be. To add brightness to the sun or glory to the name of Washington is alike impossible. Let none attempt it. In solemn awe pronounce the name and in its naked, deathless splendor leave it shining on.

LINCOLN--Speech. Feb. 22, 1842. Closing words. See Sangamon Journal, pub. at Springfield, Ill., Feb. 25, 1842. Entire speech was pub. in the Sangamon Journal, March 26, 1842. Copies on file in the Congressional Library.

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Our common Father and Deliverer, to whose prudence, wisdom and valour we owe our Peace, Liberty and Safety, now leads and directs in the great councils of the nation and now

we celebrate an independent Government-an original Constitution! an independent Legislature, at the head of which we this day celebrate The Father of his Country-We celebrate Washington! We celebrate an Independent Empire! Pennsylvania Packet. July 9, 1789. P. 284. See ALBERT MATTHEWS' article in Colonial Society of Mass. Publications. Transactions. 1902-4. Vol. 8. P. 275-287 pub. 1906. In America the term was already familiar. GEORGE II was so-called by GOVERNOR BELCHER, Dec. 2, 1731. GEORGE III also, in a petition drawn up by the

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