The signs of the time, political and social, are left, I regret to say, to bring themselves as they best can to the notice of the public.
Yet how ineffective an organ is literature for conveying them, compared with Parliament and journalism!
Conveyed somehow, however, they certainly should be, and in this disquisition I have tried to deal with them.
But the political and social problem, as the thinkers call it, must not so occupy us as to make us forget the human problem.
The problems are connected together, but they are not identical.
Our political and social confusions I admit; what Parliament is at this moment, I see and deplore.
Yet nowhere but in England
even now, not in France
, not in Germany
, not in America
, could there be found public men of that quality — so capable of fair dealing, of trusting one another, keeping their word to one another — as to make possible such a settlement of the Franchise and Seats Bills as that which we have lately seen.
says with most profound truth: “The map who would think to good purpose must be able to take many things into his view together.”
How homogeneous American society is, I have done my best to declare; how smoothly and naturally the institutions of the United States