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Essay on American Language and Literature (1815)

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So multiplied are the co nnexions existing between nation and nation in modem times, that intellectual originality may justly be regarded as one of the greatest phenomena in nature. Lond. Quart. Review, Oct. 1814

The remark which stands at the head of this article, comes with peculiar force from the work which contains it. It has, with the writer of the following pages, unqualified belief. He has only regretted that the authors of that work have not always written under the influence of so liberal a sentiment. They might have found in its truth, some good reasons for the barrenness of American Literature.

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