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The first words uttered by the new American people claimed, for
all humankind, equality in creation, and acknowledged the rights to life,
to liberty, and to the pursuit of happiness, as gifts of God to His human
creatures. It is not wonderful that Catherine the Great grew troubled
in mind, and mounted a diplomatic offensive designed to bring about
the failure of our Revolution. And the ghost of La Rochefoucauld must
have smiled, for his most famous maxim, published about a century
before, had attained quintessential illustration.

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