The History of the Navy of the United States of America - Vol. 1

The History of the Navy of the United States of America - Vol. 1

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The History of the Navy of the United States of America - Vol. 1

The History of the Navy of the United States of America - Vol. 1

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As in a single life, man passes through the several stages of his physical and moral existence, from infancy to age, so will the American of the present generation, witness the advance of his country, from the feebleness, doubts and caution of a state of conscious weakness, to the healthfulness and vigour of strength. So rapid, however, have been the transitions, that opinion has not kept pace with the facts of the country. Thus it is, that we so often find even statesmen reasoning on the policy of the republic, after the manner of their youth, in apparent ignorance of all the important changes that have occurred within the last forty years; for, to adapt the argument to the level of circumstances, in a country like this, requires a mind of incessant activity, and one accustomed to reason in advance, rather than in the rear of events.

In no great interest connected with the welfare of the United States are these truths more apparent, than in all that relates to the navy. While those who have reflected, have clearly foreseen that the republic must assert its place in the scale of nations, defend its territory, and maintain its . . .

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