the United States
I recognized that the general account which I had hazarded of them was, indeed, not erroneous, but that it required to have something added to supplement it. I should not like either my friends in America
or my countrymen here at home to think that my “Word about America
” gave my full and final thoughts respecting the people of the United States
The new and modifying impressions brought by experience I shall communicate, as I did my original expectations, with all good faith, and as simply and plainly as possible.
Perhaps when I have yet again visited America
, have seen the great West
, and have had a second reading of M. de Tocqueville
's classical work on Democracy, my mind may be enlarged and my present impressions still further modified by new ideas.
If so, I promise to make my confession duly; not indeed to make it, even then, in a book about America
, but to make it in a brief “Last word” on that great subject — a word, like its predecessors, of openhearted and free conversation with the readers of this review.
I suppose I am not by nature disposed to think so much as most people do of “institutions.”
think and talk very