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e part in it; such a history cannot possibly have for other nations the interest which it has for the United States themselves. For the general reader outside of America, it certainly cannot; as to the value and importance of the history to the military specialist, that is a question on which I hear very conflicting opinions expreis Lee, and of Lee the Memoirs tell us little. Moreover General Grant, when he was in England, did not himself personally interest people much. Later he fell in America into the hands of financing speculators, and his embarrassments, though they excited sorrow and compassion, did not at all present themselves to us as those of a ich our cursory judgments of men so often take, I had by no means given him credit. It was the letter of a man with the virtue, rare everywhere, but more rare in America, perhaps, than anywhere else, the virtue of being able to confront and resist popular clamour, the civium ardor prava jubentium. Public opinion seemed in favour o
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Nineteenth Century, London. on the subject of America; and after considering the institutions and tlized where one would not rather live than in America, except Russia. Certainly then, I said, one people who in England would use cabs must in America use the horsecars, the tram. The charges of class would feel the great difference between America and England in the conveniences at his comman than three or four hundred a year, things in America are favorable. It is easier for them there tndred a year, things are favorable to them in America, society seems organized there for their beneh, the humbler kind of work is better paid in America than with us; the higher kind, worse. The ofis a great boon to people of small incomes in America. Do not believe the Americans when they extoespised, such people and their families do in America get in plenty. Well, now, what would a phin truth, everything is against distinction in America, and against the sense of elevation to be gai[3 more...]