(Fourth of July Oration) Manuscript, fifteen pages bound with wire, 6.25" x 7.5", Southampton, July 4, 1816. Notation on verso reads: "4th of July Oration delivered by Wm. Jessup at Southampton in 1816". Text for a speech given on Independence Day just about a year following the War of 1812. "...The 4 of July 1816 is perhaps one of the most glorious ever celebrated by Republican Americans -- The events and termination of the late glorious war with Great Britain -- The termination of the late War with the Pirates of Africa -- The extension and Diffusion of Democratic principles through out the union -- The free, extensive, uninterrupted, and, prosperous commerce... are themes of exultation and joy to every true American... The American with pleasing anticipation looks forward to a time when this republic shall give laws to the world..." Jessup then proceeds to narrate the atrocities committed by the French and the British before the War of 1812: "... thousands of our seamen were dragged from their homes... dragged from his family and country to fight the battles of a nation which his soul abhors... " Jessup also reminds his audience of the blessings of liberty including "...Education, and we must consider the extension of political knowledge as one of our greatest privileges -- A free and unrestricted Press is an invaluable blessing to any people --- to a republic it is indispensable -- this is the Vehicle of Knowledge of our enlightened people without which how soon would they sink into insignificancy --- The first ambitious aspiring Demagogue would bind the iron brand of slavery fast upon their necks... an enlightened people can never be slaves..." Much more fine content. Early celebratory orations recalling the Founding Fathers and their contribution to American independence are quite desirable; this is one of the finest we've encountered. Light creases, a few minor marginal chips, light soiling, else fine. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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