would have felt that they had consented to its demise, and they would have accepted the new order with that attitude of acquiescence which is necessary to the success of any social experiment.
We have still at this late day to learn the ancient lesson of Buddha: “Hatred does not cease by hatred at any time; hatred ceases by love; this is an old rule.”
The wisest thing that was said by any Northerner at the outbreak of the war was the saying usually ascribed to Horace Greeley
: “Let the erring sisters go.”
Mr. Whitelaw Reid
has loyally endeavored to defend his former chief from this ascription, and he declares that Mr. Greeley
never used the words.
If Mr. Reid
is speaking solely in the interests of historical accuracy, well and good; but if he is stretching a point to save his friend, he is doing him a doubtful service, for the final historian of the Civil War
will have to record that these were the words, and the only words, of wisdom.
And this was substantially the advice which Garrison
In an article in the North American Review I took the position that Mr. Gladstone
was right in sympathizing with the South
, and I was much gratified afterwards to receive a letter from an English ex-official who was close to Mr. Gladstone
and familiar with his opinions, in which letter he assured me that