But whoever seriously considers the immense extent of territory comprehended within the limits of the United States, together with the variety of its climates, productions, and commerce, the difference of extent, and number of inhabitants in all; the dissimilitude of interest, morals, and politics, in almost every one, will receive it as an intuitive truth, that a consolidated republican form of government therein, can never form a perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to you and your posterity, for to these objects it must be directed: this unkindred legislature therefore, composed of interests opposite and dissimilar in their nature, will in its exercise, emphatically be like a house divided against itself.

I do not think I cared as much as some of the other boys for the 'Arabian Nights' or 'Robinson Crusoe, but when it came to the 'Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha, I was not only first, I was sole. Before I speak, however, of the beneficent humorist who next had my boyish heart after Goldsmith, let me acquit myself in full of my debt to that not unequal or unkindred spirit.

Consider the remarkable phenomenon of excellence in three unkindred, one might have thought incompatible, forms of public speech, that of the forum, with its double audience of bench and jury, of the halls of legislation, and of the most thronged and tumultuous assemblies of the people.

I do not think I cared as much as some of the other boys for the 'Arabian Nights' or 'Robinson Crusoe, but when it came to the 'Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha, I was not only first, I was sole. Before I speak, however, of the beneficent humorist who next had my boyish heart after Goldsmith, let me acquit myself in full of my debt to that not unequal or unkindred spirit.