conquerors;” while the foreign ambassadors should have been the sons of Fitch
; and the places less conspicuous should have been assigned, not to Gold-stick, Silver-stick, and “kindred absurdities,” but to the Queen
's gardeners, horticulturists, carpenters, upholsterers and milliners!
(Fancy Gold-stick reading this passage!) The traveler, however, even at such a moment is not unmindful of similar nuisances across the ocean, and pauses to express the hope that we may be able, before the century is out, to elect “something else” than Generals
to the Presidency.
Before the arrival of Mr. Greeley
, he had been named by the American Commissioner
as a member of the Jury on Hardware, etc. There were so few Americans
at the time, who were not exhibitors, that he did not feel at liberty to decline the duties of the proffered post, and accordingly devoted nearly every day, from ten o'clock to three, for a month, to an examination of the articles upon whose comparative merits the jury were to decide.
Few men would have spent their first month in Europe
in the discharge of a duty so onerous, so tedious, and so likely to be thankless.
His reward, however, was, that his official position opened to him sources of information, gave him facilities for observation, and enabled him to form acquaintances, that would not have been within the compass of a mere spectator of the Exhibition
Among other advantages, it procured him a seat at the banquet given at Richmond
by the London Commissioners
to the Commissioners
from foreign countries, a feast presided over by Lord Ashburton, and attended by an ample representation of the science, talent, worth and rank of both hemispheres.
It was the particular desire of Lord Ashburton that the health of Mr. Paxton
, the Architect of the Palace, should be proposed by an American, and Mr. Riddle
, the American Commissioner
, designated Horace Greeley
for that service.
The speech delivered by him on that occasion, since it is short, appropriate, and characteristic, may properly have a place here.
, being called upon by the Chairman
, spoke as follows:
In my own land, my lords and gentlemen, where Nature is still so rugged and unconquered, where Population is yet so scanty and the demands for human exertion are so various and urgent, it is but natural that we should render