“Esse quam Videri.”
The American people, as a natural deduction from their keen love of liberty, have ever cherished an equally keen antipathy to a large standing army and navy. It is therefore unwise to hope for the stimulus of liberal budgets and a favorable public opinion on the one hand, and, on the other, that sense of personal devotion to a sovereign which has called forth, in other lands, such marvels of courage and self-denial. That the pure and lofty patriotism based upon a broad and deep realization of the duty owed to their country has incited our predecessors, and many yet with us, to equally glorious achievements and painful self-devotion cannot be denied. Nor is the Naval Officer disposed to yield to any fellow citizen one jot or little in love of country, in readiness to risk all for her, or in earnest desire for her material and moral prosperity.