The perfect world depicted in this work was of the kind described by Robert Merry’s Museum’s founder, Samuel Griswold 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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