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...
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 154 - The muddy water had risen over the banks and rushed silently downward through hoary trunks till it was lost under overhanging garlands of Spanish moss. Eternal twilight reigns in these lugubrious wastes, and today it had darkened down almost into night. The great sheets of lightning that, ever and anon, threw their glare down through the trees only revealed more awfully the desolation of the scene. I had passed the last house a mile and a half farther back ; there was not another for twelve miles...
Page 304 - EL 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 243 - I said the joke was good, but would have more sense if the most successful paper in America, in the common low sense of the word, and that whose influence has received the strongest acknowledgment from the public and from politicians, had not been conducted by a blackguard Scotchman. He mentioned also that a paragraph written by Garrison about Mr. Cobden, and put by him at the opening of the "Week," during my absence in the country, was cited as a proof of the English direction of my thoughts in...
Page 11 - Ireland at least, political economy was taught as a real science, which consisted simply in the knowledge of what man, as an exchanging, producing animal, would do, if let alone. On that you can base a science, for the mark of science is that it enables you to predict. Since then, what is called political economy has become something entirely different. It has assumed the role of an adviser, who teaches man to make himself more comfortable through the help of his government, and has no more claim...
Page 258 - He has, through twentyfive years of public life, been the steady and fearless champion of an unpopular cause, and he has every year, in speeches and state papers, given abundant evidence of the possession of the highest order of talent. . . . Perhaps the greatest constitutional lawyer in America, the clearest-headed statesman, a powerful and above all a most logical orator, and of all the public men of this country perhaps the least of a demagogue and the most of a gentleman.
Page 129 - 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 238 - 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.

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