political and moral destiny of this great country?
Who can tell the end of that commercial revolution by which a large portion of the tea trade of China
, now in the hands of that greatest of all monopolies — the British
East India Company, contributing largely to the support of the British
government — shall be transferred to American bottoms, and flow into this country through our cities on the Pacific coast
Already the walls of pagan China
have bowed to the thunder of British cannon, and the deep foundations of her ancient government are destined at no distant day to yield alike to American enterprise and American liberty.
Thousands of her perishing population — indeed, already they come!--shall, ere long, flow in from the West
, and meet the vast tide of papal superstition and vice that has been long setting in from Europe
on the east.
I am free to own that I contemplate this period with profound amazement!
I know not the extent of the vision that confounds me. And when I turn my eyes to the canvas of Divine inspiration, and decipher its unerring pencillings, I cannot doubt that the strange elements that even now are so rapidly combining, and that are soon to concentrate the maddened powers of pagan ignorance, and papal superstition and vice, in the heart of this republic, are, ere long, to make my native land the great