They don’t make men like Alden Partridge any more. And nobody makes toasts like he did. Here are three toasts offered by Partridge and met with raised glasses by the corps during a Fourth of July banquet (year unknown):

 “The Constitution of the United States; May we transmit it as a legacy to nations yet unborn.”

“Agriculture, Manufactures, and Commerce: May our national government still continue to nurse and foster them until they shall become superior in wealth, power and fabric to those of any other nation on the globe.”

“The Militia of the United States: Always ready to protect the rights and liberties of their country.”

I’ll drink to that.

*These toasts were included in MG Ernest N. Harmon’s October 1951 address to the Newcomen Society in Northfield, Vermont.