previous next
[186] Perhaps Tweed and Croker managed it better in their own way, for they appointed men, not because they were already rich, but that they might become so. In either case, after the thing was done, who cared for its being thought ridiculous? Certainly not the Englishman, for he obtained by it far more than any American could give or receive. Mere money perishes with the spending and may not found a family, but the owner of a peerage bought with money cannot help founding a family, except by remaining childless. A peer may sink to the lowest depths of poverty or of sin, and yet know that some grateful heiress is waiting somewhere eager to marry his heir. This climax of wealth is English, not American; it is only that this country has lately taken to supplying the heiresses.

When we complain even of the political influence of wealth among ourselves, we forget how recently it is that anything but wealth has been represented, not merely in the British House of Lords, but in the House of Commons. John Bright said at Birmingham, thirty years ago (1867): “I am not able to say what it has cost to seat those 658 members in that House, but if I said that it has cost them and their friends a million of money [pounds], I should ”

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
Birmingham (United Kingdom) (1)

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Tweed (1)
House (1)
English (1)
Croker (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
1867 AD (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: