Written in Italian by CHARLES JOSEPH WILLIAM BOTTA
Translated into English by; GEORGE ALEXANDER ODES, ESQ.
Taken from HISTORY of the WAR OF THE INDEPENDENCE of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Volume II Page 452
Sixth edition printed in 1834.
From these different causes (All things leading up to and occurred during the American war for independence.) resulted the foundation in the new world a republic, happy within by its constitution, pacific by its character, respected abroad for the abundance of its resources. So far as it is possible to judge of sublunary things, from the extent and fertility of its territory, and the rapid increase of its population, it is destined, at no distant day, to become a vast and exceedingly powerful state.
To consolidate their work and render its duration eternal, the Americans have only two things to avoid. The one is, that moral depravation which too commonly results from an excessive love of gain; the other is, the losing sight of the principles upon which the edifice is founded. May they at least return to them promptly, if the ordinary course of human events introduce disorder and decay into that admirable system of government which they have established.
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Mr. Botta was an Italian who lived during the upheavals that occurred in Europe during the French Revolution through the restoration of the monarchy after Napoleon was defeated at the battle of Waterloo. As a result, he was quite familiar with the results of revolutions. He came to this country and interviewed many of the participants who were alive at that time and read several accounts by writers and historians of that era. His work was then translated into English and was printed and sold here.
In light of the current circumstances that we are experiencing at this time and the calamities that have befallen our great nation and the moral slide that has taken place over the last few decades, these words of admonishment and the remedy that Mr. Botta ascribes, appear to be quite prophetic.
I personally maintain that “the nation that rejects God, also rejects sanity!”
We see what is going on around us and we say, “This is insane!”