t in better taste — to have taken a low and despairing view of public affairs, and sadly to have predicted the second coming of chaos.
But, partly perhaps from a constitutional habit, I was led to consider serious subjects cheerfully; although I hardly ever made a jest upon the subject of Slavery without a feeling of self-rebuke.
But it must be remembered that the gentlemen upon the other side were already in the field as mourners, and had pretty much monopolized the business of groaning.
Nestor was with them, and so was Heraclitus; and if the country was to be saved by crying, they were clearly designed to be the saviours.
They were angry often enough at finding serious subjects lightly treated, and they did not relish a style which sometimes made havoc of their dignity; but, upon the other hand, it may be said that there were those who did not at all relish their mournful methods, and who could not see that they were taking any very promising way to avert the calamities which the