Excerpt from New and Popular Pictorial Description of the United States: Containing an Account of the Topography, Settlement, History, Revolutionary and Other Interesting Events, Statistics, Progress in Agriculture, Manufactures, and Population, &C., Of Each State in the Union
The history of America has not, like that of the Old World, the charm of classical or romantic associations: but in useful instruction and moral dignity, it has no equal. It is not yet three quarters of a century since this fair and flourishing republic was a colony of England, scarcely commanding the means of existence without the aid of the mother-country, who was herself oppressed by European wars. Our puritan forefathers began in the rough fields of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, on a broad, comprehensive principle, which has gone forth to fraternize the world. Our history, therefore, like that poetical temple of fame reared by the imagination of Chaucer, and decorated by the taste of Pope, is almost exclusively dedicated to the memory of the truly great. Within, no idle ornament encumbers its bold simplicity. The pure light of heaven enters from above, and sheds an equal and serene radiance around. As the eye wanders about its extent, it beholds the unadorned monuments of brave and good men, who have bled or toiled for their country; or it rests on votive tablets inscribed with the names of the blessed benefactors of mankind.
The puritans of England - the resolute conquerors of the lakes and forests of the New World-occupied, in the first period of their social existence, the depressed position of a European colony; hut the spirit of liberty which had led them to these wild regions, and the gifts of a magnificent and fertile nature, were sufficient to prepare them for their high destiny.
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