Life and Letters of Edwin Lawrence Godkin, Volume 1

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Page 276 - The power confided to me, will be used to hold, occupy, and possess the property, and places belonging to the government, and to collect the duties and imposts; but beyond what may be necessary for these objects, there will be no invasion-no using of force against, or among the people anywhere.
Page 221 - To my generation, his was certainly the towering influence in all thought concerning public affairs, and indirectly his influence has certainly been more pervasive than that of any other writer of the generation, for he influenced other writers who never quoted him, and determined the whole current of discussion.
Page 264 - The North has nothing to do with the negroes. I have no more concern for them than I have for the Hottentots. They are God's poor; they always have been and always will be so everywhere. They are not of our race. They will find their place. They must take their level. The laws of political economy will determine their position and the relation of the two races. Congress cannot contravene those.
Page 237 - The maintenance and diffusion of true democratic principles in society and government, and the advocacy and illustration of whatever in legislation or in manners seems likely to promote a more equal distribution of the fruits of progress and civilization.
Page 304 - Godkin, writing from London, on April 15, 1869, said: " Motley's appointment is a good one from the social point of view, bad, I think, in every other way. I do not think he has the necessary mental furniture for the discussion of the questions now pending between England and America; and he is a little too ardent.
Page 238 - Sound and impartial criticism of books and works of art. THE NATION will not be the organ of any party, sect, or body. It will, on the contrary, make an earnest effort to bring to the discussion of political and social questions a really critical spirit, and to wage war upon the vices of violence, exaggeration, and misrepresentation by which ^ so much of the political writing of the day is marred.
Page 240 - It fact, it is very difficult to get men of education in America to handle any subject with a light touch.
Page 237 - The earnest and persistent consideration of the condition of the laboring class at the South, as a matter of vital interest to the nation at large, with a view to the removal of all artificial distinctions between them and the rest of the population, and the securing to them, as far as education and justice can do it, of an equal chance in the race of life.
Page 129 - Of the poor whites he encountered on his rides in Mississippi he wrote as follows to the Daily News: "The population is scanty; and the houses, such as they are, for the most part are inhabited by that most wretched, most cadaverous, most thinly clad, most lean, most haggard, most woe-begone, forlorn, hopeless, God-forsaken-looking-portion of the human race, the poor niggerless whites of the slave States. I have seen many varieties of the genus homo...
Page 152 - ... feet of water, besides swimming two more bayoux. Half-way I fell in with an emigrant party on their way to Texas. Their mules had sunk in the mud; one of them bid fair to remain there, as he had only his neck above the surface and his owner had apparently exhausted all his resources in the endeavor to extricate him. The wagons were already embedded as far as the axles. The women of the party, lightly clad in cotton, had walked for four miles knee-deep in water through the brake, exposed to the...

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