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5 > Page 5 of Addresses delivered in honor of John Marshall Day, by members of the Fayette County Bar, February 4, 1901, Lexington, Ky.

JUDGE PARKER'S ADDRESS. The morning exercises were opened by Judge Watts Parker, who presided, with the following remarks: A century and a quarter ago a small band of Virgin- ians were gathered about a spring within bow-shot of where we now stand, when the tidings reached them of a battle fought in the cause of American liberty. Straightway, in commemoration of the event, they called this place-then a tangled wilderness-now a fair city-,Lexington." A part of Virginia then, her offspring now, it is meet that we, in this historic spot, should be among the first to honor a gifted son of that wondrous Commonwealth. Glorious Old Virginia-mother of statesmen, of jurists and of warriors! From the time of him, who was "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen," to the coming and passing of the match- less Lee, the pages of her history have been illumined by the deeds of her mighty sons. In the front rank of Virginia's immortal dead, stands the man in whose honor we meet today. Endowed with a patriotism lofty as that of Washington-with heart as strong and life as pure as the stainless Lee-he laid his guiding hand upon the helm of our untried Ship of State, and essayed to steer her safely upon an unknown sea. How well he succeeded, how clearly the great naviga- tor saw, and with what skill he avoided each peril in the path of the craft he directed, let those attest who, rep- resenting more than seventy millions of people, this day publicly do homage to the name and memory of John Marshall, the great Chief Justice. 5