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He concluded his brief sketch of this country with the words, ‘Alas! unhappy Ireland.’ Yet, on a calmer and fuller survey of Ireland's case, and after an enumeration of the various measures for her relief and regeneration which were slowly but surely operating, he exclaims, “There shall yet be an Ireland to which her sons in distant lands may turn their eyes with a pride unmingled with sadness; but who can say how soon!”

Mr. Greeley, though he did not “wholly like those grave and stately English,” appreciated highly and commends frankly their many good qualities. He praised their industry, their method, their economy, their sense of the practical; sparing not, however, their conceit and arrogance. An English duchess, he remarks, does not hesitate to say, “I cannot afford” a proposed outlay—an avowal rarely and reluctantly made by an American, even in moderate circumstances. The English he thought a most un-ideal people, even in their “obstreperous loyalty” ; and when the portly and well-to-do Briton exclaims, “God save the Queen,” with intense enthusiasm, he means, “ God save my estates, my rents, my shares, my consols, my expectations.” He liked the amiable women of England, so excellent at the fireside, so tame in the drawing-room; but he doubted whether they could so much as comprehend the “ideas which underlie the woman's-rights movement.” The English have a sharp eye to business, he thought; particularly the Free Traders. Our champion of Protection on this subject remarks:—‘The French widow who appended to the high-wrought eulogium engraved on her husband's tombstone, that “His disconsolate widow still keeps the shop No. 16 Rue St. Denis,” had not a keener eye to business than these apostles of the Economic faith. No consideration of time or place is regarded; in festive meetings, peace conventions, or gatherings of any kind, where men of various lands and views are notoriously congregated, and where no reply could be made without disturbing the harmony and distracting the attention of the assemblage, the disciples of Cobden are sure to interlard their harangues with advice to foreigners substantially thus— “N. B. Protection is a great humbug and a great waste. Better abolish your tariffs, stop your factories, and buy at our shops. We're the boys to give you thirteen pence for every shilling.” I cannot say how this affected others, but to me it seemed hardly more ill-mannered than impolitic.’

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