766. Massachusetts Centinel¯, 23 February 1788

A correspondent observes, setting aside every consideration of necessity; that destitute of every principle of laudable ambition for the future greatness of the AMERICAN EMPIRE, must those be, who wish for a continuation of our present loose, and division-creating system of federal government. United under one common energetick head, America will become the envy and the admiration of the nations of the world—She has advantages which none but young countries enjoy. The number of inhabitants of every country in Europe remains nearly the same from one century to another. No country will produce more people than it can subsist, and every country, if free and cultivated, will produce as many as it can maintain. Hence we may form some idea of the future population of this Empire. Extensive wildernesses, now scarcely known or explored, remain yet to be cultivated, and vast lakes and rivers, whose waters have for ages rolled in silence and obscurity to the ocean, are yet to hear the din of industry, become subservient to commerce, and boast delightful villas, gilded spires and spacious cities rising on their banks. Can, asks our correspondent, these be verified, if we remain in our present millepedel sovereignty! The experience of the world says, no.