Excerpt from Dedication of Lyceum Hall: Oration, by Francis E. Hoppin, and Poem, by Henry C. Whitaker, Delivered Upon the Occasion of Opening the New Rooms of the Franklin Lyceum, November 19, 1858
The erection of statues has a two-fold significance, not only illustrating our... gratitude to Public Virtue, but quick cuing us to a worthy imitation.
In this particular let not the States of America lag behind the cities of Greece and Rome, and the modern empires and kingdoms of Europe!
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