History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 Addenda

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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worn monuments have left us but feeble traits of their former magnificence, and ancient grandeur. They proclaim as with the a voice of thunder, those imperishable truths— that man’s strength is weakness, his wisdom is folly, his glory is his shame.
Monarchical, aristocratical and republican forms of government, of their various kinds and grades, have in their turn been raised to dignity and prostrated in the dust. The plans of the greatest politicians, the wisest Senators, and most profound statesmen have been exploded; and the proceedings of the greatest chieftains, the bravest generals, and the wisest kings have fallen to the ground. Nation has succeeded nation, and we have inherited nothing but their folly. History records their puerile plans, their short lived glory, their feeble intellect. and their ignoble deeds.
Have we increased in knowledge or intelligence? where is there a man that can step forth and alter the destiny of nations and promote the happiness of the World? Or where is there a kingdom or nation, that can promote the universal happiness of its own subjects or even their general well being? Our nation, which possesses greater resources than any other, is rent from center to circumference, with party strife, political intrigue, and sectional interest our counsellors are panic struck, our legislators are astonished, & our senators are confounded, our merchants are paralized our tradesmen are disheartened, our Mechanics out of employ, our farmers distressed, and our poor crying for bread. Our banks are broken, our credit ruined, and our states overwhelmed in debt;— yet we are and have been in peace.— What is the matter? Are we alone in this thing? Verily. No. With all our evils we are better situated than any other nation. Let Egypt Turkey, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Germany, England, China, or any other nation speak, and tell the tale of their trouble— their perplexity, and distress, and we should find that their cup was full, and that they were preparing to drink the dregs of sorrow. England that boasts of her literature, her science, commerce &c has her hands reeking with the blood of the innocent, abroad: and she is saluted with the cries of the oppressed at home.— Chartism, O’Connelism, and Radicalism are knawing her vitals at home; and Ireland, Scotland, , and the East are threatening her destruction abroad. France is rent to the core— intrigue, treachery, and treason lurk in the dark: and murder, and assassination [p. 33]
worn monuments have left us but feeble traits of their former magnificence, and ancient grandeur. They proclaim as with a voice of thunder, those imperishable truths— that man’s strength is weakness, his wisdom is folly, his glory is his shame.
Monarchical, aristocratical and republican forms of government, of their various kinds and grades, have in their turn been raised to dignity and prostrated in the dust. The plans of the greatest politicians, the wisest Senators, and most profound statesmen have been exploded; and the proceedings of the greatest chieftains, the bravest generals, and the wisest kings have fallen to the ground. Nation has succeeded nation, and we have inherited nothing but their folly. History records their puerile plans, their short lived glory, their feeble intellect. and their ignoble deeds.
Have we increased in knowledge or intelligence? where is there a man that can step forth and alter the destiny of nations and promote the happiness of the World? Or where is there a kingdom or nation, that can promote the universal happiness of its own subjects or even their general well being? Our nation, which possesses greater resources than any other, is rent from center to circumference, with party strife, political intrigue, and sectional interest our counsellors are panic struck, our legislators are astonished, & our senators are confounded, our merchants are paralized our tradesmen are disheartened, our Mechanics out of employ, our farmers distressed, and our poor crying for bread. Our banks are broken, our credit ruined, and our states overwhelmed in debt;— yet we are and have been in peace.— What is the matter? Are we alone in this thing? Verily. No. With all our evils we are better situated than any other nation. Let Egypt Turkey, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Germany, England, China, or any other nation speak, and tell the tale of their trouble— their perplexity, and distress, and we should find that their cup was full, and that they were preparing to drink the dregs of sorrow. England that boasts of her literature, her science, commerce &c has her hands reeking with the blood of the innocent, abroad: and she is saluted with the cries of the oppressed at home.— Chartism, O’Connelism, and Radicalism are knawing her vitals at home; and Ireland, Scotland, , and the East are threatening her destruction abroad. France is rent to the core— intrigue, treachery, and treason lurk in the dark: and murder, and assassination [p. 33]
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