|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Robert Charles Winthrop (18091894)|
|QUOTATION:|| Our Country,whether bounded by the St. Johns and the Sabine, or however otherwise bounded 1 or described, and be the measurements more or less,still our Country, to be cherished in all our hearts, to be defended by all our hands.|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Toast at Faneuil Hall on the Fourth of July, 1845.|
Toast offered by Stephen Decatur (17791820) at a public dinner at Norfolk, Va., April, 1816: Our country! in her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.
The same idea, called forth by the Mexican War, was expressed by John J. Crittenden of Kentucky: I hope to find my country in the right: however, I will stand by her, right or wrong. [back]