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We have built no national temples but the Capitol; we consult no common oracle but the Constitution.

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Source Notes: Source: Representative RUFUS CHOATE, The Importance of Illustrating New-England History by a Series of Romances like the Waverley Novels, lecture delivered at Salem, Massachusetts, 1833.Samuel Gilman Brown, The Works of Rufus Choate with a Memoir of His Life, vol. 1, p. 345 .

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Rufus Choate (October 1, 1799 - July 13, 1859), American lawyer and orator, was born at Ipswich, Massachusetts, the descendant of a family which settled in Massachusetts in 1667; brother of noted physician George Choate, and uncle to George C. S. Choate and Joseph Hodges Choate. Rufus Choate's birthplace, Choate House, remains virtually unchanged to this day.

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