of the queer an & humorous, whether in print or in actual life His love of the poets—Byron, Shakspeare, etc., discovered itself in Boyhood—and often have Greeley and I strolled off into the woods, of a warm day, with a volume of Byron or Campbell in our pockets, and reclining in some shady place, read it off to each other by the hour.
In this way, I got such a hold of “Childe Harold,” the “ Pleasures of Hope,” and other favorite poems, that considerable portions have remained ever since in my memory.
Byron's apostrophe to the Ocean, and some things in the [4th] canto relative to the men and monuments of ancient Italy, were, if I mistake not, his special favorites—also the famous description of the great conflict at Waterloo.
“ Mazeppa” was also a marked favorite.
And for many of Mrs. Hemans' poems he had a deep admiration.
The letter concludes with an honest burst of indignation:
Knowing Horace Greeley as I do and have done for thirty years, knowing his integrity, purity, and generosity, I can tell you one thing, and that is, that the contempt with which I regard the slanders of certain papers with respect to his conduct, character, is quite inexpressible. There is doubtless a proper excuse or the conduct of lunatics, mad dogs, and rattlesnakes; but I know of no decent, just, or reasonable apology for such meanness (it is a hard word, but a very expressive one) as the presses alluded to have exhibited.
Horace came to Poultney
, an ardent politician; and the events which occurred during his apprenticeship were not calculated to moderate his zeal, or weaken his attachment to the party he had chosen.
John Quincy Adams
was president, Calhoun
was vice-president, Henry Clay
was secretary of State.
It was one of the best and ablest administrations that had ever ruled in Washington
; and the most unpopular one.
It is among the inconveniences of universal suffrage, that the party which comes before the country with the most taking popular cry is the party which is likeliest to win. During the existence of this administration, the Opposition had a variety of popular Cries which were easy to vociferate, and well adapted to impose on the unthinking, i. e
. the majority.
had not been elected by the people.”
had gained the presidency by a corrupt bargain with Henry Clay
was lavish of the public money.”
But of all the Cries of the time, “Hurrah for Jackson
” was the most effective.
was a man