The Representatives of the people in the General Court assembled did solemnly Resolve, that an Edifice be erected upon this spot of ground for the purpose of holding the Public Council of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. By the request of their Agents and Commissioners, I do now lay the Corner Stone.
May the Superstructure be raised even to the top Stone without any untoward accident, and remain permanent as the everlasting mountains. May the principles of our excellent Constitution, founded in nature and
in the Rights of Man, be ably defended here: And may the same
principles be deeply engraven on the hearts of all citizens, and thereby fixed unimpaired and in full vigor till time shall be no more.” —Governor Samuel Adams, upon the laying of the cornerstone for the new state house
Paul Revere’s speech on July 4, 1795:
“Worshipful Brethren. I congratulate you on this auspicious day when the Arts and Science are establishing themselves in our happy country, a Country distinguished from the rest of the World, by being a Government of Laws where Liberty has found a safe and secure abode, and where her sons are determined to support and protect her.
“Brethren we are called this day by our honorable & patriotic Governor, his Excellency Samuel Adams to assist him in laying the corner stone of a building to be erected for the use of the Legislative and Executive branches of Government of this Commonwealth. May we, my Brethren, so square our actions thro life as to show to the World of Mankind, that we mean to live within the compass of Good Citizens, that we wish to stand upon a level with them, that when we part we may be admitted into the Temple where Reigns Silence and Peace.”
The silver plate placed beneath the corner stone bears the following inscription:
This Corner Stone of a building intended for the use of the Legislative and Executive Branches of Government of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was laid by His Excellency SAMUEL ADAMS, Esq Governor of said Commonwealth Assisted by the Most Worshipful PAUL REVERE Grand Master and the Right Worshipful William Scollay, Deputy Grand Master, the Grand Wardens and Bretheren of the GRAND LODGE of Massachusetts on the 4th day of JULY An. Dom. 1795 A.L. 5795 Being the 20th anniversary of American Independence