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New Jersey! Whose patriots freely gave their blood for freedom from the British yoke, whose hills and plains were the scenes of some of the fiercest battles of the Revolution.
New Jersey! Whose sons again valiantly went forth to defend the Nation and extend the freedom established by their fathers.
New Jersey! Peerless among her sister States for her industries, her public schools and the purity of her government.
New Jersey! The meat in the sandwich, with New York on one side and^ Pennsylvania on the other.
An aliquot part of the original thirteen United States, and one of the battlefields of the Revolution, with Washington commanding in person at the affairs of Monmouth and of Trenton and Princeton.
The campaign of the crossing of the Delaware at Trenton by Washington, his progress to Princeton, and his masterly march to set in his winter quarters at Morristown has been characterized, by certain eminent German and English historians, as on the one hand, in its inception, one of the greatest of modern strategic plans, as on the other hand, in its results, the turning point of the ebbing fortunes of the Colonies.
May this not be an empty toast, but be overflowing with those invisible realities which make the cup of life itself sweet and invigorating. It contains the assurance to all the other States of the esteem and admiration of this State; of deep affection and good will, and the sincere wish that the coming years be crowned with
Unity, Happiness And Serenity.
Henr'y Dallas Thompson. Princeton University.
These is eminent fitness in Pennsylvania joining hand to hand and heart to heart with Virginia in the Jamestown Exposition. No two other States were so closely interwoven in the heroic efforts made to establish free government in the New World, and the two States have ever stood abreast in the forefront of our national progress.
Here we have Independence Hall, the cradle of Liberty, where Jefferson, the great Virginia statesman, presented the nnnioi a Declaration Of Independence.
Here in Carpenter's Hall the constitution of the new republic was moulded by Madison and administered by Washington, the Father of the Liberty of the law then established by the Colonists.
Here were fought by the Virginia Chieftain the battles of Brandywine and Germantown, and it was the overpowering influence of the great Virginian that held our starving and despairing troops without disintegration under the terrible sufferings at Valley Forge.
Virginia and Pennsylvania stood abreast and high over all in valor on the field of Gettysburg, the decisive battle of the Civil War.
Virginia, the battle-ground of that bloody fraternal conflict, has arisen from the ashes of her desolation, and for years has been rapidly recovering.
Pennsylvania has made matchless strides in all things that ennoble and enrich a great commonwealth, and has shown by the generous mingling of our people with our Virginia brethren at Jamestown our reverence for Virginia's past, and our hearty interest in her future.
Philadelphia. A. K. Mcclure.
To the grand old State of Delaware, the third to have a settlement formed within her boundaries; the first to sign the Constitution of the United States. The home of the Rodneys, the Bayards, the Salisburys, and the Burtons.
She has always, in times of need, responded promptly and liberally to the calls of the General Government for help, giving both of her means and her sons, to help repulse the foe from without and to put down dissentions within.
The land of the luscious peach and juicy grape. Noted the world over for her pretty women and courteous men, she yields to none in the cordiality of her grasp of welcome to all who may visit her.
George H. Dick, Secretary Jamestown Tercentenary Commission.
Delaware, though Rhode Island's rival in area, leads the nation in despatching her State affairs with the least number of legislators.
Deeply sensible of the transcendental leadership of Washington in war and of his sane counsel in peace, she, first and foremost of the Original Thirteen, rallied to his support by signing the Federal Compact on December the seventh, 1787.
M. H. Arnold.