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7 > Page 7 of Address delivered at the centennial celebration of the settlement of Breckinridge County : on the site of Hardin's old fort, near Hardinsburg, November 2d, 1882 / by Wm. C.P. Breckinridge.

BR ECKTNRIDGE COUNTY. the industrious toilers who are building new empires on its shores. Within these wide boundaries thirty-eight States have been solving the intricate problem of American Lib- erty: the problem of duplex government-of two races- and, with God's blessing, have become powerful, rich, and contented. The benign influences of religion, the pervasive power of education, the sweet leadership of liberty, have united with all the kindly agencies of a beneficent nature, fertile soil, salubrious climate, exhaustless mineral re- sources, numerous rivers, to give to the favored land every blessing. Well might the fathers say, "Si mfonlumenhlim1 requiris, citcnrnspice." For this was not always so. When Boone on June 7, 1769, feasted his eyes with "the unrivaled valley of the Kentucky," what a contrast the picture of to-day would have been by the side of the picture of that day. If painter, poet, or orator could in fitting color or apt word produce these two portraits-paint America as she was in 1769 and as she is to-day-it would stagger human credulity to real- ize that they represent the same country, with an interval of only one hundred and twelve years. And if some great thinker would with equal power set before us the political (I use the word in its noble signification) surroundings of those people with those of our country to-day, the trans- formation would be as astounding as is the physical and material transformation. The germs of each existed; the possibilities of each were in existence; the " precious seed" for all these harvests were in our fathers' possession, and, even if sown in tears, they, were sown with true intelligence, and with brave confidence in the result. In the thin fringe of settlements on the Atlantic coast were held in its very nature the capability and necessity of future growth, and these settlements were themselves the growth of this peculiar characteristic. There is something in that great race, or that family of races which speak the English language, which necessitates expansion, growth,