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of pride and prejudice down, and we shall triumph as Mexico's friends sooner than we could triumph as her enemies and how much more handsomely, with how much higher and finer satisfactions of conscience and of honor!
ADDRESS AT THE CELEBRATION OF THE REDEDICATION OF CONGRESS HALL, PHILADELPHIA, OCTOBER 25, 1913
An American reader does not need to be informed that the independence of the United States was proclaimed in Philadelphia July 4, 1776, and that the building in which the Continental Congress then met is called Independence Hall because of this Declaration. In that building the Congress regularly sat in the early and stormy days of the Revolution, and in that building the Congress of the United States held its sessions from 1790 to 1800, when the seat of government was transferred from Philadelphia to Washington in the District of Columbia. The rooms occupied by the Continental Congress have been preserved in their original condition and opened to the public. Not so the building connected with Independence Hall, in which the Congress of Washington's and Adams' administrations assembled.
The Congress that met in Philadelphia during the first two administrations of the Republic has claims upon our remembrance, and the good people of Philadelphia were happily inspired when they decided to restore the original form and condition, of these quarters. This was speedily, succesfully, and admirably done, and the building known as Congress Hall was dedicated on October 25, 1913, in the presence of a distinguished gathering, on which occasion President Wilson, on behalf of the Government, delivered the following address.
YOUR HONOR, MR. CHAIRMAN, LADIES, AND GENTLEMEN:
No American could stand in this place to-day and think of the circumstances which we are come together to celebrate without being most profoundly stirred. There has come over me since I sat down here a sense of deep solemnity, because it has seemed to me that I saw ghosts crowding-a great assemblage of spirits, no longer visible, but whose influence we still feel as we feel the molding power of history itself. The men who sat in this hall, to whom we now look back with a touch of deep sentiment, were men of flesh and blood, face to face with extremely difficult problems. The population of the United States then was hardly three times