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‘ [225] of the monotonous prison-house of Philistines, in which the great unwashed of Europe continue to grind eternally. Very little is known of the country, and very little respect is felt for it; but the fact remains that Europe is decanting itself into America a great deal more rapidly than is to be wished by us.’1

While trying to work away on his history Motley found himself absorbed not only in our great conflict, which made European politics seem ‘pale and uninteresting,’ but in the extraordinary way in which it set at naught all European traditions. ‘All European ideas are turned upside down by the mere statement of the proposition which is at the bottom of our war. Hitherto “the sovereignty of the people” has been heard in Europe, and smiled at as a fiction. . . . But now here comes rebellion against our idea of sovereignty, and fact on a large scale is illustrating our theoretic fiction.’2 In the next letter he uses that fine phrase which illustrates so much in our early struggles and difficulties through that contest: ‘It is not a military war, if such a contradiction can be ’

1 Correspondence, i. 147.

2 Ibid., II. 79.

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