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"Lord Bacon hath said truly, there be three things which make a nation great
and prosperous,-a fertile soil, busy workshops, and easy conveyance for men and
commodities from one place to another; to which let me add, knowledge and
freedom.”—BISHOP HALL.

“The ineloquent Brindley, behold he has chained seas together ; his ships do
visibly float over valleys, invisibly through the heart of mountains; and the
Mersey and the Thames, the Humber and the Severn have shaken hands.”—
CARLYLE, Past and Present.

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