James Madison Papers

JM. Toasts Suggested for the dinner for Lafayette, December 1824


Toasts Suggested for the dinner to Genl Lafayette

*The Guest of the Nation: no where more welcome than in Virginia <...>

best services. He enjoys her best affections.

"To love liberty a nation need but know it: to possess it, but to will it."*

—The Rights of Men, the Gift of God: The powers of Government the Grant of the people.

The President of the U.S. (Monroe) the legitimate & beloved Chief of a loyal and happy people.

The Congress of the U.S: In reality what they are called a Representation of the Nation

The Memory of Washington, Greatest among the Great.

*The Memory of Franklin, the immortal Franklin. He wrested thunderbolts from the Clouds, and forged them agst. Tyranny.

The living Patriot (Jefferson) "who poured the soul of the Continent into the Declaration of Independence".

——+The Heroes & Sages of the Revolution. Hallowed be the memories of the dead; happy the days of the Living

"The Infant Hercules, who strangled the two Serpents at Saratoga & York Town."±

France. May her destinies be as happy as she assisted in making ours.——

The Phalanx of Republics from the Lakes of the North to the extreme South: Secure in their power; Just in their policy.

The Example of free Institutions on this Hemisphere; a beneficent return for the wrongs done it by the other

Greece. May she come out of the Furnace in which she is tried with a lustre of her ancient Glory.

The Press, the Fulcrum of Public Opinion; the Lever that moves the World.

Liberty & Learning: Each best supported when leaning on the other.

The above submitted for the dinner to Lafayette at O. C. House

The Divine Right of Self-Govt. & its immortal Champions

The Liberty that chuses Virtue for its Guest.

Happy the people who have Virtue for their guest & Gratitude for their feast.+

The Press & the Post, the Palladium & the pabulum of Public Liberty

*La Fayette

+President Stiles of New Haven.

±Medal struck by Franklin

+Toast given by J.M. at a dinner at Charlottesville at which La fayette was present——

Ms (DLC).

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