Let both sides explore what problems unite
us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.
Let us unite
in ardent supplication to the Founder of nations and the Builder of worlds, that what then was prophecy may continue unfolding into history--that the dearest hopes of the human race may not be extinguished in disappointment, and that the last may prove the noblest empire of time.
And if I write in French, which is the language of my country, in preference to Latin, which is that of my preceptors, it is because I expect that those who make use of their unprejudiced natural reason will be better judges of my opinions than those who give heed to the writings of the ancients only; and as for those who unite
good sense with habits of study, whom alone I desire for judges, they will not, I feel assured, be so partial to Latin as to refuse to listen to my reasonings merely because I expound them in the vulgar tongue.
But public and private distress will keep pace with each other in gloomy concert; and unite
in deploring the infatuation of those counsels which led to disunion.
It may be answered that one should wish to be both, but, because it is difficult to unite
them in one person, it is much safer to be feared than loved, when, of the two, either must be dispensed with.