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Selections from One Hundred Years of National Literature.
COMPILED FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS IN READING
MRS. C. M. KIRKLAND.
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1865, by
CHARLES SCRIBNER & CO.,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the
Southern District of New York.
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In Dr. Young's Night-Thought Days, the public was supposed to be so little informed on the claims of " great heirs of fame” of other times, that the learned and courtly Doctor thought it necessary, on mentioning the name of Demosthenes, to subjoin an explanatory note setting forth that the said Demosthenes was
a great Grecian orator." We would not be suspected of entertaining a similar idea respecting the interest felt, here and now, in the noble speakers who contributed to enlighten and inspire the popular mind, from the moment of the first “glorious discontent" to the crowning hour when the UNION was celebrated in undying words by a consummate orator of our own day. The happy and generous prescience of the earlier advocates of Freedom, and the splendid enthusiasm of him who celebrated its triumph are universally recognized and honored among us, and the Anglo-Saxon tongue affords no new epithet with which to enhance our praise of the eloquent fathers and sons of American Liberty.
Yet in the baste of our new American life it is not quite certain that the thoughts and feelings which have become part of the very texture of life with us, will, without care on our part, be equally precious to our children. "Intrinsic value is not always enough to secure regard. Family jewels must be new set for the gay young bride, and grandpapa's buckles made into "three seal rings" for the dashing heir. The humble citizen who undertakes these mechanical works must catch A74873