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An Oration, Pronounced at Salem, On the Fourth of July, 1804, in Commemoration of our National Independence by Joseph Story

Very rare printing. Joseph Story was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1811. Story urged in the pamphlet unity among the States “in a bold vindication of our national character…Let then the creed of our political faith be, inviolability to constitutional rights and constitutional authorities.” The last two pages of this pamphlet print a “SONG, composed by Mr. Story, and sung at the close of the performances in the Meeting House.” “Let the slave bite the dust, who to power bends the knee,/ The Gods shall protect those, who dare to be free.” #0953
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