doubled, in every period of twenty-two or twenty-three years. There is no national debt; the community is opulent; the government economical; and the public treasury full.
Religion, neither persecuted nor paid by the state, is sustained by the regard for public morals and the convictions of an enlightened faith.
Intelligence is diffused with unparalleled universality; a free press teems with the choicest productions of all nations and ages.
There are more daily journals in the United States
than in the world beside.
A public document of general interest is, within a month, reproduced in at east a million of copies, and is brought within the reach of every freeman in the country.
An immense concourse of emigrants of the most various lineage is perpetually crowding to our shores; and the principles of liberty, uniting all interests by the operation of equal laws, blend the discordant elements into harmonious union.
Other governments are convulsed by the innovations and reforms of neighboring states; our constitution, fixed in the affections of the people, from whose choice it has sprung, neutralizes the influence of foreign principles, and fearlessly opens an asylum to the virtuous, the unfortunate, and the oppressed of every nation.
And yet it is but little more than two centuries, since the oldest of our states received its first permanent colony.
Before that time the whole territory was an unproductive waste.
Throughout its wide extent the arts had not erected a monument.