In A Discourse on Isaiah, a two-part sermon delivered on consecutive Fast Days in July and August of 1812, he once again connected the New Millennium to advances the spread of the English language. “Missionaries are to be sent every where. . .," he told his audience in the chapel of Yale College "The good seed is now to be sown in every land,” he declared. As he had in Greenfield Hill he stressed the single language concept: " . . . it is a very interesting consideration, that the language, which we speak, is established in many parts of the world; particularly in those, where these benevolent exertions are especially needed, and where they are likely to produce the greatest effect. . . Nor is the period distant, when it will be spoken by the numerous millions. . . westward of us, to the Pacific ocean. The people of Great Britain, and of these States, are the only people in the world, who have taken a deep interest at the present remarkable period in spreading the Gospel among mankind. There are probably more valuable religious books in our language, than in all the others, which are spoken in the world.”
Britain and the United States also had the ships, he pointed out. “With the utmost ease we can go everywhere . . ." And then he brought up technology. "We can transport printing presses, and men to conduct them. We can send money, instructions, information, and all things else, which are necessary or useful . . . Thus God has most wonderfully provided for the only two nations, who are strongly inclined to promote this design, a combination of advantages, for carrying it into execution, unprecedented in the annals of mankind.” It was going to be as easy as that, in his opinion.
*There were many other Timothy Dwights. This one was Timothy Dwight IV. Another was his grandson and namesake, Yale’s twelfth president, whose term of office ran from 1886 to 1899.