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. In the transcript the remainder of this paragraph was altered to read: “ ... that
every masterly hand, who can trace the sources of human action should continue at
helm and endeavour to form anew, the character of the people. But when contingent
circumstances will promise success to genius qualified for such exertions, must be
left to him who rules the empire of creation. He only by his Fiat
can endow some agent, direct events, and give commission to execute the benevolent
purpose of reformation. I fear this happy period is yet at a distance.”
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.