America now contains about six million of European blood and descent; and their numbers, at least in the North, are continually increasing. Whatever may the changes of their political situation, they must preserve the manners of Europe; and we may reflect with some pleasure, that the English language will probably be diffused over an immense and populous continent.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Edward Gibbon, from The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, General Observations on the Fall of the Roman Empire in the West (a coda to vol. 3), at 440 n.8 (1781):