o'clock this evening at the Relief Hall
, rear of J. M. Quimby
I need not detail the progress of Fourierism—the many attempts made to establish Associations—the failure of all of then but one, which still exists—the ruin that ensued to many worthy men—the ridicule with which the Associationists were assailed—the odium excited in many minds against the Tribune—the final relinquishment of the subject.
All this is perfectly well known to the people of this country.
Let us come, at once, to the grand climax of the Tribune
's Fourierism, the famous discussion of the subject between Horace Greeley
and H. J. Raymond
, of the Courier and Enquirer, in the year 1846.
That discussion finished
Fourierism in the United States
had left the Tribune, and joined the Courier and Enquirer, at the solicitation of Col. Webb
, the editor of the latter.
It was a pity the Tribune let
him go, for he is a born journalist, and could have helped the Tribune to attain the position of the great, only, undisputed Metropolitan Journal, many years sooner than it will.
is not a born journalist.
He is too much in earnest to be a perfect editor.
He has too many opinions and preferences.
He is a born legislator, a Deviser of Remedies, a Suggester of Expedients, a Framer of Measures.
The most successful editor is he whose great endeavor it is to tell the public all it wants to know
, and whose comments on passing events best express the feeling of the country
with regard to them.
is not a man of first-rate talent—great talent would be in his way—he is most interesting when he attacks; and of the varieties of composition, polished vituperation is not the most difficult.
But he has the right notion
of editing a daily paper, and when the Tribune lost him, it lost more than it had the slightest idea of—as events have since shown.
However, Horace Greeley
and Henry J. Raymond
, the one naturally liberal, the other naturally conservative—the one a Universalist, the other a Presbyterian—the one regarding the world as a place to be made better by living in it, the other regarding it as an oyster to be opened, and bent on opening it—would have found it hard to work together on equal terms.
They separated amicably, and each went his way. The discussion of Fourierism arose thus: