bobolink; as for Whittier
, who had never even crossed the Atlantic
, how could he sing at all?
Especially in the realm of manners this humility has prevailed.
During the last French Empire it used to be held at Newport
and New York that there was no standard of good-breeding but in Paris
, as if the best-bred American society were not of older tradition as well as better strain than the dynasty of the Napoleons.
The truth is that the finest American manners are indigenous, not imported.
You will find such manners in little towns in Virginia
, where not a person has ever seen Europe
, and where to have been to Philadelphia
or New York is to be a great traveller.
Never have I seen more truly gracious and dignified manners than in the little Boston
of my youth, among ladies mostly untravelled, and speaking no language but their own. The Italian refugee Gallenga
, formerly Mariotti
, has lately borne testimony to their social standard and to the conceited familiarity with which he repaid it. Their bearing would have fully justified such unflinching patriotism as that of Senator Tracy
, of Connecticut
, when, at the end of the last century, the British Minister
expressed his admiration for Mrs. Oliver Wolcott
, of Litchfield, Connecticut
, wife of the Secretary of the Treasury
. “Your countrywoman,” said the Englishman, “would be admired at the court of St. ”