Excerpt from National Character: A Thanksgiving Discourse, Delivered November 15th, 1855, in the Franklin Street Presbyterian Church
Being called together by our civil authorities, and that to recognize the hand of God over us as a people, the occasion is suitable for considering the general subject of national character, and in connection with it, the duties and destinies of our own nation.
What now, to begin at the beginning, is the proper idea of a nation? The idea is a complex one, involving, to a greater or less extent, the ideas of community of birth, community of language, occupation of the same territory, citizenship under the same government.
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