and that which is beautiful.
Let us take the beautiful first, and consider how far it is present in American civilization.
Evidently, this is that civilization's weak side.
There is little to nourish and delight the sense of beauty there.
In the long-settled states east of the Alleghanies
the landscape in general is not interesting, the climate harsh and in extremes.
are restless, eager to better themselves and to make fortunes; the inhabitant does not strike his roots lovingly down into the soil, as in rural England
In the valley of the Connecticut
you will find farm after farm which the Yankee
settler has abandoned in order to go West, leaving the farm to some new Irish immigrant.
The charm of beauty which comes from ancientness and permanence of rural life the country could not yet have in a high degree, but it has it in an even less degree than might be expected.
Then the Americans
come originally, for the most part, from that great class in English society amongst whom the sense for conduct and business is much more strongly developed than the sense for beauty.
If we in England
were without the cathedrals, parish churches, and castles of the catholic and feudal age, and without the houses of the Elizabethan age, but had only the towns and buildings which the rise