I shall need, too, the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our fathers, as Israel of old, from their native land and planted them in a country flowing with all the necessaries and comforts of life; who has covered our infancy with His providence and out riper years with His wisdom and power, and to whose goodness I ask you to join in supplications with me that He will so enlightened the minds of your servants, guide their councils, and prosper their measures. . . .

Thomas Jefferson, Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1805.

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