Excerpt from The United States' Naval Chronicle, Vol. 1
The chronologist owes to the world a true and impartial account of the events he preposes to record. While the country of his birth may justly claim his inviolable fidelity and his undivided love, truth commands him to f... eel that he is a member of the great community of man, and that his record, to be useful, must be true. If, per chance, it should dis close errors ou the part of his government, or of his fellow citizens, it will afford the Opportunity of manifesting their wisdom, by a change of policy or measures. If, on the contrary, it should proclaim the wisdom of those who rule, or the prowess of those who meet in the field of bat tle, it will be viewed with complacency, if not with pride, and excite a spirit of emulation, fruitful in patriotism and heroic daring.
We advert with a filial fondness to those pages of our own history, which denote the wisdom of our forefathers, the energy of their arms, and the invincibility of their virtues.
The recollection of these cannot fail to inspire their descendants with a sentiment, as holy as it is true, that, as exertions and sacrifices gained our triumphant battle for the liberties of our country, so they still re main as the corner stone and arch to the perpetuation of national glory.
In every age wisdom and valor have founded empires, and imbecility. And want of energy have marked their decline.
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