Excerpt from The Glorious Mission or the American People: A Thanksgiving Discourse It is t probable that the actors in those stirring scenes, which in times past have wrought the most wonderful changes in society, were aware of the importance which succeeding generations would attach to them and their deeds. If we look back over the page of secular history, we can trace many of the developements of the present age to causes which are far removed by time. When we view the sturdy oak, whose massive trunk has stood the shock of many rude tempests, and whose boughs are continually spreading and putting on new foliage, we kw that once, perhaps scores of years, or centuries ago its germ was concealed within the husks of the tiny acorn. So the germ of many of the institutions of the present day was enveloped in the revolutions of past ages. We are able to assign to each of them its due importance, because we can trace their developement in the record of history and witness their bearing upon the present condition of society. The Israelites entered into the possession of Canaan with grateful hearts, regarding it as the land long promised to the seed of faithful Abraham, and as their goodly heritage. They fought long and bravely with the idolatrous nations who had obtained it; but they could t have anticipated the important results which were pending the issue of this conflict. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.