our English class of gentlemen has eminent merits; our rule in India
, of which we may well be proud, is in great measure its work.
But in presence of a great force of Barbarian power, as in this country, or in presence of a great force of Philistinism, our class of gentlemen, as we know, has not much faith and ardor, is somewhat bounded and ineffective, is not much of a civilized force for the nation at large; not much more, perhaps, than the few “rather civilized individuals” in America
, who, according to our Boston
informant, go “hopping backwards and forwards over the Atlantic
, with her needs, has no very great loss in not having our special class of gentlemen.
Without this class, and without the pressure and false ideal of our Barbarians, the Americans
have, like ourselves, the sense for conduct and religion; they have industry, and they have liberty; they have, too, over and above what we have, they have an excellent thing — equality.
But we have seen reason for thinking, that as we in England
, with our aristocracy, gentlemen, liberty, industry, religion, and sense for conduct, have the civilization of the most important part of our people, the immense middle class, impaired by a defective type of religion, a narrow range of intellect and