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Excerpt from The Progress and Prospects of America, Vol. 1
As a nation, we are essentially eclectic in character, receiving constant accession to our numbers from all parts of the civilized globe. It is, therefore, of the first import ance to the integrity and security of our free institutions, that the balance of power in the republic should be sedu lously guarded; that a spirit of nationality should rule in the councils of our government; and that the element of foreign political faith, as well as foreign manners and cus toms, be carefully precluded from vitiating our national morals, - the proud distinction of a free people consisting in its public virtue, which is the animating and sustaining principle of true democracy. It is not enough that we glory in our boasted liberties, -we must be jealous of their integrity - must learn wherein consists their security, their defences, and their danger.
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