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He instanced Ticknor and Sumner; and we can all remember that there were at first similar criticisms on Lowell.
It is indeed a form of comment to which all Americans are subject in England, if they have the ill-luck to have color in their cheeks and not to speak very much through their noses; in that case they are apt to passication.
If a nation is not to be saved by pointing out is own physiological perils, what is to save it?
As a matter of fact, it will be generally claimed by Americans, I fancy, that whatever else their much-discussed nation may have, it has at least developed a temperament for itself; an ill-favored thing, but mine own, as Toug.
The same difference of temperament, in the direction of a greater quickness—what the wit of Edmund Quincy once designated as specific levity—on the part of Americans is certainly very apparent to every one of us who visits England; and not infrequently makes itself perceptible, even without a surgical operation, to our Englis