Bibliographic List of Sources:

Wright, Frances. “Address, Delivered in the New-Harmony Hall,” New-Harmony Gazette 3, no. 37 (9 July 1828): 289-291. [=A]

Wright, Frances. “Address I: Delivered in the New Harmony Hall, on the Fourth of July, 1828,” in A Course of Public Lectures. 171- 182. New York: The Free Enquirer Press, 1829. [=B]


1. Speech Title as it is to be printed: Address Delivered in the New Harmony Hall at the Celebration of the Fourth of July, 1828, the Fifty-Second Anniversary of American Independence.

2. Exact Date and Place of Speech Delivery: 4 July 1828, New Harmony Hall, New Harmony, Indiana

3. Complete Name of Speaker, with year and birth and year of death: Frances Wright D’Arusmont (1795 – 1852)

4. Complete name of editor or compiler of electronic text, with indication of role: Alyssa Samek

5. Date of Electronic edition: 2013.

6. Languages: English (100%)

7. Library of Congress Subject Heading: Fourth of July orations, Political oratory–United States, Eighteen twenties; Library of Congress Classification: HQ 1101

8. Indication of editing functions performed (e.g., data entry, proof-reading), by whom (complete name), and when performed (complete [inclusive] dates[s]); Alyssa Samek, data entry and proof-reading of electronic copy-text, 28-November-2 December 2008 and 24-26 June 2013; Alyssa Samek collation of electronic copy-text with other versions, 24-26 June 2013; Alyssa Samek, editing of electronic text, 26 June 2013; Shawn J. Parry-Giles, proof-reading of edited electronic text, 27 September 2006.

Statement of Editorial Procedures:

The copy-text is Wright 1828 [=A], the first known published version of the speech text, written by the co-editor, Wright only days after the address. This is likely the version that readers in the New Harmony community read, and the version from which editors in other periodicals of the day excerpted for their readership. Paragraphing, punctuation, and capitalization follows A. Wright 1829 [=B] was consulted for any major editorial changes Wright may have completed between 1828 and the completion of her public lectures before publishing the book. Paragraph numbers have been added in square brackets.

The text of this edition has been thoroughly checked and proofread.

All double quotation marks are rendered with “, all single quotation marks with apostrophe ‘.

This copy text is not subject to end-of-line hyphenation.

Departures from the Copy-Text and General Editorial Procedures:

Departures from the copy-text and general editorial procedures are as follows (reference numbers specify paragraph in which the departure occurs):


2 befalls B: befals A

4 practiced B: practised A

5 “Is it because they are republican, instead of monarchical? democratic, rather than aristocratic?” B: “Is it because they are republican, instead of monarchical; democratic, rather than aristocratic?” A:

5 some devout patriots will B: some devout patriots would A

8 constitutions B: constitntions A

8  in the national constitution, as in the constitutions of the different states B: in the national as in the state constitutions A

11 is B: as A

12 fulfillment B: fulfilment A

13 defense: defence A B

15 defense: defence A B

15 self-defense: self-defence A B