published in the Tribune.
It must be confessed, that the graduate of a Vermont printing-office made a creditable appearance before the “lords and gentlemen.”
The sights in and about London
seem to have made no great impression on the mind of Horace Greeley
He spent a day at Hampton Court
, which he oddly describes as larger than the Astor House
, but less lofty and containing fewer rooms.
appeared to him a mere barbaric profusion of lofty ceilings, stained windows, carving, graining, and all manner of contrivances for absorbing labor and money— “waste, not taste; the contortions of the sybil without her inspiration.”
The part of the building devoted to public worship he thought less adapted to that purpose than a fifty-thousand dollar church in New York.
The new fashion of “intoning” the service sounded to his ear, as though a Friar Tuck
had wormed himself into the desk and was trying, under pretense of reading the service, to caricature, as broadly as possible, the alleged peculiarity of the methodistic pulpit super-imposed upon the regular Yankee drawl.
races he declined to attend for three reasons; he had much to do at home, he did not care a button which of thirty colts could run fastest, and he preferred that his delight and that of swindlers, robbers, and gamblers, should not “exactly coincide.”
He found time, however, to visit the Model Lodging houses
, the People
's Bathing establishments, and a Ragged School
The spectacle of want and woe presented at the Ragged School
touched him nearly.
It made him feel, to quote his own language, that ‘he had hitherto said too little, done too little, dared too little, sacrified too little, to awaken attention to the infernal wrongs and abuses, which are inherent in the very structure and constitution, the nature and essence of civilized society, as it now exists throughout Christendom.’
He was in haste to be gone from a scene, to look upon which, as a mere visitor, seemed an insult heaped on injury, an unjustifiable prying into the saddest secrets of the prison-house of human woe; but he apologized for the fancied impertinence by a gift of money.
While in London
, Mr. Greeley
attended the anniversary of the British
and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, and made a speech of a somewhat novel and unexpected nature.
The question that was under discussion was, “What can we Britons do to hasten the overthrow ”