At Mount Vernon
conversation turned at this
time on the dangers that overhung the country.
‘Whenever my country calls upon me,’ said Washington
, ‘I am ready to take my musket on my shoulder.’
cried one of the famed New-York
‘Triumvirate’ of Presbyterian lawyers, William Livingston
as I believe; ‘Courage, Americans
: liberty, religion and sciences, are on the wing to these shores.
The finger of God points out a mighty empire to your sons.
The savages of the wilderness were never expelled to make room for idolaters and slaves.
The land we possess is the gift of Heaven to our Fathers, and Divine Providence seems to have decreed it to our latest posterity.
So legible is this munificent and celestial deed in past events, that we need not be discouraged by the bickerings between us and our parent country.
The angry cloud will soon be dispersed, and America
advance to felicity and glory, with redoubled rapidity and vigor.
The day dawns, in which the foundation of this mighty empire is to be laid, by the establishment of a regular American Constitution.
All that has hitherto been done seems to be little beside ’