legislation to restrain the use of all intoxicating drinks, by prohibiting the sale of them under severe penalties and by declaring them to be no longer property when so offered for sale, is found ineffectual.
It will be abandoned in the course of the coming winter in all, or nearly all the States where it has been attempted to introduce it.
I hope I shall soon hear again from your Majesty, and that you will give me, not only good accounts of yourself and your family, but of Saxony and Dresden, to which we are all much attached, and of the prospects of an European peace. . . . .
I remain very faithfully, your Majesty's friend and servant, George Ticknor.
To Sir Charles Lyell. Boston, June 9, 1856.
My dear Lyell,—. . . . I want to speak to you of our affairs.
It is a long time since I have done it, and I have never had occasion to do it so sadly.
The country is now almost entirely divided into two sectional, fierce parties, the North and the South, the antislavery fas