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English integrity

We heard it lately remarked that, notwithstanding the intense abolitionism of England, there can be no doubt that if, like the Northern States, she had ever promised to restore fugitive slaves, she would fulfill that promise, no matter how galling it might be to her own prejudices and passions. This remark was made in a large circle of gentlemen, almost every one of whom, by the way, had lost a slave. Nor can there be any doubt of its truth. Abolitionism would probably prevent England from ever entering into any such engagements, but her engagements, once made, whether political or commercial, are faithfully regarded. This is a great compliment to England, but it is well deserved.--Every one knows how much more faithfully every kind of work is done by English manufacturers than by those of New England, from the massive engine of a steamship down to a pen-knife. The English article is always what it professes to be; the New England, hardly ever. In their social intercourse the English people are generally more reserved and less demonstrative than those of our own country, but, what they say, as a general thing, can be relied on. The woful absence of truthfulness is one of the most striking and ominous characteristics of the Puritan race.--But for this radical defect of character, it would be utterly impossible for whole communities to sanction deliberately such violations of the Constitutional compact as those which have occurred in New England communities, and which they have never dreamed of redressing till their money nerve was touched, and the path to their conscience was found through their pockets. If justice can be done now in those States which are now promising to perform their constitutional obligations, why was it not done long ago, and how long will it continue to be done after their interests are no longer in danger? We must do the mother country the justice to say that while she is woefully bedevilled by anti- slavery fanaticism, she adheres to her contracts with a true English stamina of principle that we should like to see adopted in this boastful Republic, which claims to be the best and purest of all nations.

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