U.S. Attorney General Wayne MacVeagh concluded his remarks on John Marshall Day, February 4, 1901:
"Let us, on this day of all days ... acknowledge that nations cannot live by bread alone ... We have heretofore cherished, the Christian ideal of true national greatness;
and our fidelity to that ideal, however imperfect it has been, entitled us in some measure to the divine blessing, for having offered an example to the world for more than an entire generation of how a nation could marvelously increase in wealth and strength and all material prosperity while living in peace with all mankind ...
We all believe that the true glory of America and her true mission in the new century ... is what a great prelate of the Catholic Church has recently declared it to be: to stand fast by Christ and his Gospel;
to cultivate NOT the Moslem virtues of war, of slaughter, of rapine, and of conquest, but the Christian virtues of self-denial and kindness and brotherly love ...
Then we may some day hear the benediction: 'Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren ye have done it unto me' ..."
"The true mission of nations as of men is to promote righteousness on earth ...
and taking abundant care that every human creature beneath her starry flag, of every color and condition, is as secure of liberty, of justice and of peace as in the Republic of God.
In cherishing these aspirations ... we are wholly in the spirit of the great Chief Justice; and ... so effectually honor his memory." (Dillon, Vol. 1, p. 7-42)."