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1/25/2018 7:38:29 AM
Posted: 1/15/2002 5:32:58 PM EST
From a commencement speech by Ronald Reagan at his alma mater, Eureka College, on June 7, 1957: Almost two centuries ago a group of disturbed men met in the small Pennsylvania State House they gathered to decide on a course of action. Behind the locked and guarded doors they debated for hours whether or not to sign the Declaration which had been presented for their consideration. For hours the talk was treason and its price the headsman's axe, the gallows and noose. The talk went on and decision was not forthcoming. Then, Jefferson writes, a voice was heard coming from the balcony: "They may stretch our necks on all the gibbets in the land. They may turn every tree into a gallows, every home into a grave, and yet the words of that parchment can never die. They may pour our blood on a thousand scaffolds and yet from every drop that dyes the axe a new champion of freedom will spring into birth. The words of this declaration will live long after our bones are dust. "To the mechanic in his workshop they will speak hope; to the slave in the mines, freedom; but to the coward rulers, these words will speak in tones of warning they cannot help but hear. Sign that parchment. Sign if the next moment the noose is around your neck. Sign if the next minute this hall rings with the clash of falling axes! Sign by all your hopes in life or death, not only for yourselves but for all ages, for that parchment will be the textbook of freedom, the bible of the rights of man forever. "Were my soul trembling on the verge of eternity, my hand freezing in death, I would still implore you to remember this truth: God has given America to be free." As he finished, the speaker sank back in his seat exhausted. Inspired by his eloquence the delegates rushed forward to sign the Declaration of Independence. When they turned to thank the speaker for his timely words he couldn't be found and to this day no one knows who he was or how he entered or left the guarded room. Just another Reagan anecdote? Or is this outspoken stranger a fact of history? Eric The(Well?)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 1/15/2002 5:38:48 PM EST
I'm guessing Patrick Henry.
Link Posted: 1/15/2002 5:41:52 PM EST
Well, I would have supposed that Patrick Henry was on the floor with the other delegates, and he would have been easily recognized by Thomas Jefferson and the others. It does sound like him, though! Eric The(Hmmmm)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 1/15/2002 5:43:56 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/15/2002 5:45:33 PM EST by raf]
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