• The broad rich acres of our agricultural plains have been long preserved by nature to become her untrammeled gift to a people civilized and free, upon which should rest, in well-distributed ownership, the numerous homes of enlightened, equal, and fraternal citizens... Nor should our vast tracts of so-called desert lands be yielded up to the monopoly of corporations or grasping individuals, as appears to be much the tendency under the existing statute.

    Grover Cleveland's Fourth Annual Message (December 1888), published in "The writings and speeches of Grover Cleveland" edited by George Frederick Parker, circa 1892.
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