from what he saw of the life there, that there is no country calling itself civilized where one would not rather live than in America
, except Russia
Certainly then, I said, one cannot rest satisfied, when one finds such a judgment passed on the United States
as this, with admiring their institutions and their solid social condition, their freedom and equality, their power, energy, and wealth.
One must, further, go on to examine what is done there towards solving the human problem, and must see what Sir Lepel Griffin
's objection comes to.
And this examination I promised that I would one day make.
However, it is so delicate a matter to discuss how a sensitive nation solves the human problem, that I found myself inclined to follow the example of the Greek moralist Theophrastus
, who waited, before composing his famous characters
, until he was ninety-nine years old. I thought I had perhaps better wait until I was about that age, before I discussed the success of the Americans
in solving the human problem.
But ninety-nine is a great age; it is probable that I may never reach it, or even come near it. So I have determined, finally, to face the question without any such long delay, and thus I come to offer to the readers of this Review the remarks following.