I am very thankful for your kind recollection of us, thankful that we have such a friend, and still more that the age has so true a philosopher and so good a man. You have shown what true glory is, in your admirable lecture; and hard must that heart have been which remained untouched and unimproved by your labor of love. . . . I must not weary you any longer. I am so far on my way to the “silent land” that I have little chance of ever seeing you again; but the heart that so readily acknowledged your worth must be quite cold before I cease to remember you. God bless and reward you for all your efforts for His glory and the benefit of your fellow-men!Two letters from Richard Cobden, dated March 9, 1848, and Nov. 7, 1849, both relating chiefly to the reduction of armaments in time of war, and the later one containing a remarkable prediction that Canada and the United States would yet become one,2 mark the beginning of a free and confidential correspondence between these two men,—who though differing in intellectual characteristics were kindred in aims,—which was occasionally suspended, to be renewed whenever important public
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