"Blackwood's" History of the United States ...

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G.H. Buchanan & Company, 1896 - Great Britain - 27 pages
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Page 18 - Abraham Lincoln. The great achievement in self-government of this vaunted democracy, which we have been so loudly and arrogantly called on to admire, is, to drag from his proper obscurity an ex-rail-splitter and country attorney, and to place what it calls its liberties at his august disposal.
Page 16 - ... abridged. Great Britain has but to wait a few months, and all her present inconveniences will cease with all our own troubles. If she take a different course she will calculate for herself the ultimate, as well as the immediate consequences, and will consider what position she will hold when she shall have forever lost the sympathies and affections of the only nation on whose sympathies and affections she has a natural claim.
Page 7 - We cannot even pretend to keep our countenance when the exploits of the Grand Army of the Potomac are filling all Europe with inextinguishable laughter,' and adds 'we know not whether to pity most the officers who lead such men, or the men who are led by such officers
Page 13 - To a very large body, nay, to the vast majority of Englishmen, one of the most painful aspects of the present controversy has been the evidence afforded that Americans seem utterly unaware of the strong feeling of friendship felt here for their country — a feeling rising in many minds to something approaching passion.
Page 8 - the system, be it remembered, whose inevitable results have been to make a Lincoln the chief magistrate, and a Seward the chief minister — a system which has for years been the most corrupt ever known, and the inability of which to produce any kind of political merit is one of the wonders of the world.
Page 12 - ... not a unit on this. Sir GC Lewis was doubtful as to the law, but the real trouble undoubtedly was in attempting to calculate the profits of the enterprise, for we are plainly told in the same article that for England to act alone would be of very little benefit to the South, and "would give offense to the North, thus making an enemy without gaining a friend;" but, "if England, France and Russia would agree to undertake a joint mediation and, if necessary, intervention, they would render an important...
Page 8 - In December, 1863, we learn that "Europe is so accustomed to Federal mendacity and exaggeration, so convinced of Federal unscrupulousness, that the construction put on a dubious telegram is not generally such as can greatly benefit the Northern cause," The Psalmist said, "I have said in my haste all men are liars !" How much more delicate is the touch of "Blackwood." In November, 1864, the "truculence" of the North is mourned over, and the editor finds it "easy to understand why the majority of...
Page 17 - the spoiled child Democracy," which, "after playing strange pranks before high heaven, and figuring in odd and unexpected disguises, dies as surely from lack of vitality as the oldest of worn-out despotisms" which is so graphically and generously described by "Blackwood" in October, 1861? When we are told by the "Spectator, "on January 25, 1896, that the English school children are taught that "the United States is not and never can be in reality a foreign country, nor an American a foreigner,"...
Page 10 - But the secession of the South is not the only nor the greatest peril that threatens the Republic. There is an Abolition Party that is hostile to Union; there is a Union Party that is hostile to Abolition; and though these discordant elements have hitherto been held together by the common tie of hatred of the South, yet they threaten speedily to start asunder.
Page 7 - ... (Vol. 91, p. 118). Again, in April, 1862, 'Blackwood' tells us that Americans 'do not demand our respect because of their achievements in art, or in literature, or in science, or philosophy. They can make no pretence to the no less real, though less beneficent, reputation of having proved themselves a great military power

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