As a token of the respect and esteem entertained towards His Excellency as a representative of a great and friendly nation; in acknowledgment also of the very important contributions towards the cause of European peace, made by the President of the United States of America; and in recognition of the personal devotion of His Excellency to the promotion of peace and goodwill among the nations.
"In Edinburgh every newcomer must feel, as I have felt, the impact of history. It is part of the city's backbone. Edinburgh has stood firm through many ups and downs; but that is to be expected of a city built so deftly upon hills and valleys. The historic Roman Wall is a symbol, not so much of Roman strength, as of Scottish valour. Edinburgh has made great contributions to the world's science and art and industry. London, no less than Charlotte Square, is indebted to architect Adam. Edinburgh's ships .and seamen sail all the seven seas. The fluent writings of Scottish writers are read in many tongues. And, I am told, the fluids of Scotland are relished by many palates. We in the United States have adopted many of your heroes as our own. What can we offer to Scotland in return ? One thing we can - and do - with all our hearts. We extend a friendly handclasp of abiding fellowship and a promise of eternal understanding."
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