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date: 19 June 2021

China and the United States 

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of American Foreign Relations
Gregg A. BrazinskyGregg A. Brazinsky

In May 1783, the renowned minister and educator Ezra Stiles delivered a well-known sermon before the Connecticut General Assembly entitled “The United States Elevated to Glory and Honor.” Stiles confidently predicted that navigation would carry “the Thirteen Stripes and New Constellation at Bengal and Canton on the Indu and the Ganges, on the Whang-ho and the Yang-tse Kiang; and with commerce will import the wisdom and literature of the East.” The knowledge of the East would then be “brought home and treasured up in America and being here digested and carried to the highest perfection, may reblaze back from America to Europe, Asia, and Africa, and illumine the world with TRUTH and LIBERTY.”... ...

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