Two or three years ago I spoke in this Review1
on the subject of America
; and after considering the institutions and the social condition of the people of the United States
, I said that what, in the jargon of the present day, is called “the political and social problem,” does seem to be solved there with remarkable success.
I pointed out the contrast which in this respect the United States
offer to our own country,--a contrast, in several ways, much to their advantage.
But I added that the solution of the political and social problem, as it is called, ought not so to absorb us as to make us forget the human problem; and that it remained to ask how the human problem is solved in the United States
It happened that Sir Lepel Griffin
, a very acute and distinguished Indian official, had just then been travelling in the United States
, and had published his opinion,