, who certainly enjoy them even more than Europeans, should not contribute their share-beyond the entering sixpence — to keep them up. Both countries were in a manner the losers, for instance, when the magnificent library at Blenheim
was sold at auction to pay the debts of a spendthrift.
It must always be remembered that individual wealth among Americans
is greater in proportion than European
wealth, because the latter is almost always encumbered with the necessity of keeping up costly establishments.
Much of it, no doubt, will float back to Europe
by change of residence or international marriages, and will serve either to keep up great historic places or for much worse purposes.
But the problem of human civilization lies behind all this, and will perhaps transform all our notions of property itself within another hundred years.