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William Gilpin (1813 – 1894)


19th century United States explorer, politician, land speculator, and futurist writer about the American West.
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William Gilpin
The untransacted destiny of the American people is to subdue the continent to rush over this vast field to the Pacific Ocean to animate the many hundred millions of its people, and to cheer them upward to set the principle of self-government at work to agitate these herculean masses to establish a new order in human affairs to set free the enslaved to regenerate superannuated nations to change darkness into light to stir up the sleep of a hundred centuries to teach old nations a new civilization to confirm the destiny of the human race to carry the career of mankind to its culminating point to cause stagnant people to be re-born to perfect science to emblazon history with the conquest of peace to shed a new and resplendent glory upon mankind to unite the world in one social family to dissolve the spell of tyranny and exalt charity to absolve the curse that weighs down humanity, and to shed blessings round the world!
Divine task! immortal mission! Let us tread fast and joyfully the open trail before us! Let every American heart open wide for patriotism to glow undimmed, and confide with religious faith in the sublime and prodigious destiny of his well-loved country.
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