The following treatise owes its origin to the fact that there is no authentic and continuous history of the greatest nation the world has ever had to deal with. The British Empire and the United States of America, English-speaking people, own between them one-fourth part of the universe, and by far more than half its wealth and natural production. The influence of this people far exceeds that of all the former empires which have governed mankind. The Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Grecian and Roman, all put together, do not vie with Britain and the United States in power, in wealth, in moral integrity, or nobleness of character. Whereas their power was autocratic, and maintained by the sword, the dominion of the British and Angles is founded, or constructed, mainly by the democratic freewill of those under its genial and benign sway.