"No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings than United America. Wondrously strange, then, and much to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means and to depart from the road which Providence has pointed us to so plainly; I cannot believe it will ever come to pass."
(1732-1799) Founding Father, 1st US President, 'Father of the Country'
1788, in a letter to Benjamin Lincoln, Ref: George Washington: A Collection, W.B. Allen, ed. (521)