ExploreUK is getting a new design. Try the beta site!


ExploreUK home

0-9 | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

10 > Page 10 of Addresses delivered in honor of John Marshall Day, by members of the Fayette County Bar, February 4, 1901, Lexington, Ky.

ments in favor of the ratification of the Federal Consti- tution in the Virginia Convention, Kentucky be- came an independent state, co-equal with Virginia in the sisterhood of states, but she did not sur- render by that act her share in the glories of the old mother-her part in the honors won or to be won by her brothers who remained within the territorial limits of the old State. Her immigrants had brought from Virginia the laws, the customs, the traditions, the glories of the Oid Dominion. They formed part, the larger part, of our wealth when we became an independ- ent state; they are an inalienable part of the heritage which we have received from our ancestors; they were inwrought in the fabric of our institutions; they have been in wrought in the very nature of Kentuckians. To- day we claim Washington, Jefferson, Marshall, Henry and their compeers as if they were all children of the same mother, sprung from the same womb, begotten of the same loins. Therefore, we can say of Marshall that he is ours, using the word in a sense in which it can be used in no other state save in the State of Virginia. He was trained in a Virginia family, he sprang from Virginia stock; he was a Virginian of Virginians, and this can be said of those who laid the foundations of Kentucky; those who made Kentucky what she was in th early davs of her hi-tory ; and the projective force of their teaching-their lives, have marked the pathway in which she has trod. the glorious pathway which she has adorned with many a memorial of her devotion to those principles of constitutional liberty and of domestic honor which she shares with the children of Virginia. John Marshall is an illustration of what is sometimes called a "round man." I am not a believer in the doc- trine that holds that the human intellect is so narrow that a predisposition to succeed in any one department presurnes an incapacity to succeed in other depart- 10