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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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the motto of the Spanish Creole, poco à poco; and
will run it down sooner or later, that is not difficult
to foresee. . . .

Have not I, more than once, heard Your Majesty
express the wish and the hope for “a community
on earth in which all the members should
have equal opportunity for the attainment of
virtue, knowledge, a life of activity and prosperity-a
community in which goodness and capacity
should constitute the highest aristocracy, and in
which the highest rank should depend upon the
highest human worth”? However far the United
States of America may be from having attained to
this ideal of social life, still it cannot be denied
that they are aiming at this, that they are daily
more and more advancing toward this ideal—more,
perhaps, than any other nation on the earth.
This refers especially to the Northern and the
free states of the Union, which are peopled
principally by descendants of the oldest Pilgrims, and
whence the Quaker State has everywhere sent
abroad its messengers of “the inward light,” of
freedom, peace, and universal brotherhood. These
Northern States are founded on enthusiasm for
religion and human rights. And upon this foundation
they have grown great and powerful, and
still grow day by day, extending their dominion
more and more.

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