condition of not expressing an opinion to which the editor-in-chief
is opposed; and who owe their connection with the paper to the fact of their general concordance with him on subjects of the first importance.
To these means of influence, add his continual lecturing and public speaking, add the Whig Almanac
, add the scores of Tribunes
that have been started all over the northern States, Tribunes similar in spirit and intent to their great original, and then doubt, if you can, that Horace Greeley
has long been the most influential man among all the millions of his countrymen
What is the nature of his influence?
What has he tried to effect?
Any man who is not entirely a fool is better acquainted with himself than any one else is acquainted with him. In the preface to the Hints towards Reforms, Horace Greeley
states what, he conceives, has been his aim as a politician.
He has “aspired to be a mediator, an interpreter, a reconciler, between Conservatism and Radicalism—to bring the two into such connection and relation, that the good in each may obey the law of chemical affinity, and abandon whatever portion of either is false, mistaken or out-worn, to sink down and perish.”
And again, he has “endeavored so to elucidate what is just and practical in the demands of our time for a social Renovation, that the humane and philanthropic can no longer misrepresent and malign them as destructive or infidel in their tendencies; but must joyfully recognize in them the fruits of past, and the seeds of future, progress in the history of our race.”
Thus, with all his radical and progressive tendencies, he was for many arduous years a leading champion of our conservative party.
That a position like this, between two opposing forces, is more apt to excite the hostility of both than the confidence of either, has been frequently shown in the career of Horace Greeley
Party, like the heart of a woman, demands all, or refuses any.
On this point, however,—the nature of Horace Greeley
's influence in this country,—we may properly and profitably be more particular.
His opinions on such subjects as religion and politics, which include all others, the reader is acquainted with.
of the man lies in making practical suggestions
for the better conduct of the material life of the American
He knows the American
people—he is, emphatically, one of them—and he knows what they need and what they wish.
Passing by, without further statement