who has had one of his hearers call upon him the next morning to express satisfaction in the clever anecdote which it had taken his English auditor a night's meditation to comprehend.
It is impossible to overrate the value, in developing an independent national feeling in America
, of the prolonged series of rather unamiable criticisms that have proceeded from the English
press and public men since the days of Mrs. Trollope
and down to our own day. It has de-colonized us; and all the long agony of the Civil War
, when all the privileged classes in England
, after denouncing us through long years for tolerating slavery, turned and denounced us yet more bitterly for abolishing it at the cost of our own heart's blood, only completed the emancipation.
The way out of provincialism is to be frankly and even brutally criticised; we thus learn not merely to see our own faults, which is comparatively easy, but to put our own measure on the very authority that condemns us; voir le monde, c'est juger les juges.
We thus learn to trust our own temperament; to create our own methods; or, at