"Eighty-two years ago this day, a deed which neither France nor England, Greece nor Rome, ever witnessed was done in Independence Hall in the city of Philadelphia; a deed that cannot be matched in the history of the world. That old Hall should forever be kept sacred as the scene of such a deed. Let the rains of Heaven distil gently on its roof, and the storms of winter beat softly on its door. As each successive generation of those who have been benefited by the great Declaration made within its walls shall make their pilgrimage to that shrine, may they think it not unseemly to call its walls ‘salvation’ and its gates ‘praise’!"
From an 1858 Fourth of July oration delivered by Edward Everett, former president of Harvard College.