It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment,Independence now and Independence forever.1
Eulogy on Adams and Jefferson, Aug. 2, 1826. P. 136.
Note 1. Mr. Webster says of Mr. Adams: On the day of his death, hearing the noise of bells and cannon, he asked the occasion. On being reminded that it was Independent Day, he replied, Independence forever.Works, vol. i. p. 150. Bancroft: History of the United States, vol. vii. p. 65. [back]