The perfect world depicted in this work was of the kind described by Robert Merry's Museum's founder, Samuel Goodrich, in many works.

Poem (from Robert Merry's Museum, January 1846, p. 23)

Where spades grow bright, and idle swords grow dull;
Where jails are empty, and where barns are full;
Where church-paths are with frequent steps outworn, And law-courts vacant, silent, and forlorn, Where idlers foot it, and where farmers ride;
Where age abounds, and youth is multiplied;-- Where these signs are, they clearly indicate A happy people, and well-governed state.

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