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ot like the leaves on the trees, which fall and renew themselves without melioration or change; individuals disappear like the foliage and the flowers; the existence of our kind is continuous, and its ages are reciprocally dependent. Were it not so, there would be no great truths inspiring action, no laws regulating human chap I.} 1748. achievements; the movement of the living world would be as the ebb and flow of the ocean; and the mind would no more be touched by the visible agency of Providence in human affairs. In the lower creation, instinct is always equal to itself; the beaver builds his hut, the bee his cell, without an acquisition of thought, or an increase of skill. By a particular prerogative, as Pascal has written, not only each man advances daily in the sciences, but all men unitedly make a never-ceasing progress in them, as the universe grows older; so that the whole succession of human beings, during the course of so many ages, ought to be considered as one identica
proceed as it was determined, towards the glorious time that shall be in the latter days, when the new shall be more excellent than the old. God is the absolute sovereign, doing according to his will in the armies of heaven, and among the inhabitants on earth. Scorning the thought of free agency as breaking the universe of action into countless fragments, the greatest number in New England held that every volition, even of the humblest of the people, is obedient to the fixed decrees of Providence, and participates in eternity. Yet while the common mind of New England was inspired by the great thought of the sole sovereignty of God, it did not lose personality and human freedom in pantheistic fatalism. Like Augustin, who made war both on Manicheans and Pelagians,—like the Stoics, whose morals it most nearly adopted, it asserted by just dialectics, or, as some would say, by a sublime inconsistency, the power of the individual will. In every action it beheld the union of the moti
very moment, said one whose eye was on Washing ton, to see him fall. Craik, in Marshall's Life of Washington, II. 19. Nothing but the superin tending care of Providence could have saved him. An Indian chief—I suppose a Shawnee—singled him out with his rifle; and bade others of his warriors do the same. Two horses were killed savage. Same to Mr. Custis, of Arlington. Death, wrote Washington, was levelling my companions on every side of me; but, by the all-powerful dispensations of Providence, I have been protected. Washington to his brother, 18 July, 1755. To the public, said Davies, a learned divine, in the following month, I point out that heroic youth, Colonel Washington, whom I cannot but hope Providence has preserved in so signal a manner for some important service to his country. Who is Mr. Washington? asked Lord Halifax a few months later. I know nothing of him he added, but that they say he behaved in Braddock's action as bravely as if he really loved the whist
tures, the pulpit, the press, echoed the general joy; provinces and families gave thanks to God. England, too, which had shared the despondency of Wolfe, triumphed at his victory and wept for his death. Joy, grief, curiosity, amazement, were on every countenance. Walpole's Memoires of the Reign of Geo. II. When the parliament assembled, Pitt modestly and gracefully put aside the praises that were showered on him. The more a man is versed in business, said he, the more he finds the hand of Providence every where. I will own I have a zeal to serve my country beyond what the weakness of my frail body admits of; Report of the speech by Jared Ingersoll of Connecticut, in a letter dated 22 December, 1759. and he foretold new successes at sea. November fulfilled his predictions. In that month, Sir Edward Hawke attacked the fleet of Constans off the northern coast of France; and, though it retired to the shelter of shoals and rocks, he gained the battle during a storm at night-fall.
ate usurpation of oligarchy is a point too arduous and important to be achieved without much difficulty and some degree of danger. They will beat every thing, said Glover, of Bute and the king; only a little time must be allowed for the chap. XVII.} 1760. Dec. madness of popularity to cool. But from that day forward, popularity, as the influence and power of the people were sometimes called by the public men of England, was the movement of the age, which could as little be repressed as Providence dethroned; and George, who hated it almost to madness, was the instrument chosen by Heaven to accelerate that movement, till it proceeded with a force which involved the whole human race, and could not be checked by all the weight of ancient authority. The king was eager to renounce the connection 1761. Jan. with Prussia, and to leave that kingdom to meet its own ruin, while he negotiated separately with France; but Pitt prevailed with the cabinet to renew the annual treaty with Freder
French government to keep them so; few or none can read; printing was never permitted in Canada, till we got possession of it. or Louisiana. The central will of the administration, though checked chap XX.} 1763. by concessions of monopolies, was neither guided by local legislatures, nor restrained by parliaments or courts of law. But France was reserved for a nobler influence in the New World, than that of propagating institutions, which in the Old World were giving up the ghost; nor had Providence set apart America for the reconstruction of the decaying framework of feudal tyranny. Gayarre Histoire de la Louisiane, II. 121. The colonists from England brought over the forms of the government of the mother country, and the purpose of giving them a better development and a fairer career in the Western World. The French emigrants took with them only what belonged to the past, and nothing that represented modern freedom. The English emigrants retained what they called English pr