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¬expanded under her discoveries, she had touched it throughout as with a magic wand ; the wil- derness becoming the abodes of civilized man, adding new millions to her sovereignty, com- pared with which she was herself only like the seed falling upon the soil, the parent of the forest that enriches and adorns it. — She felt no wants, because she was the mother of plenty ; and the free gifts of her sons at a distance, re- turned to them tenfold in the round of a fructi- fying commerce, made her look but to little support from her children at home. — To drop all metaphor, she was an untaxed country; except to that wholesome extent which wise policy should dictate to every government, by making the property of the subject depend in some measure upon the security of the state. ¬" The prosperity which then exalted her, after all her dangerous divisions had been swept away by an auspicious renovation of her con- stitution, was unexampled, and although she has been thought by some to have risen much ¬higher ¬