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THE ELEMENTS OF NATIONAL GREATNESS.
NEW ENGLAND SOCIETY
CITY OF NEW YORK,
December 22, 1842.
BY REV. GEORGE BP'CHEEVER,
PASTOR OF THE ALLEN STREET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, NEW YORK.
JOHN S. TAYLOR & CO., 145 NASSAU ST.
Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1843, by
S. I. PRIME,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for tho
Southern District of New York.
New York, Dec. 31,1842.
Rev. George B. Cheever,
We are, very respectfully,
Your Friends and Servants,
New York, January 10,1843.
I thank you sincerely for your very kind note, requesting for publication a copy of the Address delivered before the New England Society, on the 22d of December, and have great pleasure in complying with your request.
I have the honour to be, with great respect,
GEORGE B. CHEEVER.
Sir William Jones, among the multiplicity of his compositions, has left an ode commencing with the following question: What constitutes a State? This question comprehends my subject. I propose to dwell upon the Elements of National Greatness. We are certainly entered on a new cyclc'in the affairs of men; for a nation might, in times past, have become great by means which now are altogether inadequate. The city which Cain built, though it bore the stamp of the first murderer, became, before the deluge, a mighty city, and the heart of a great Empire. But no kingdom in the antediluvian world was truly great. What constitutes a State? Let the poet and legislator first answer.
Not high-raised battlement or laboured mound,
Thick wall or moated gate;
Not bays and broad-armed ports,
Not starred and spangled courts
No: men, high-minded men,
Men, who their duties know
These constitute a State,