Among the many geniuses, whose names have
been heralded abroad- and praised by posterity, there
is no one, who deserves greater praise than the in-
trepid Columbus."(There is) no one (that) has done half
so much for the welfare and happiness of the world."
The greatness of his mind taught him that there was still
a favored land, lashed by the foaming waves of
the Alantic, rich in soil and in mines; where,"
uninterrupted by the clanking chains of despotism,"
posterity might live and enjoy freedom of speech
and worship God as they might wish. This being
his great object, he with great endurance and
undaunted courage was led by the hand of
God to behold the land of America, spreading
forth its beauty, loveliness, and richness; inviting
the heroic navigator to rest within its lovely con-
fines. Yes, it was by his great geinus, that our
fore-fathers were released from servitude; and
were led to behold a land untrodden by base and
corrupted tyrants. By his unparralled exertions,
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