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III. ODE TO THE NEW YEAR.—By George H. Colion, Author of
VI. SYNTHETIC PHILOSOPHY. Second Article.-By O. A. Brownson
THIS NUMBER CONTAINS SEVEN SHEETS, ONE HUNDRED AND TWELVE PAGES.
A BEAUTIFUL practical application of American, which will not be restrained the most difficult of the Christian pre- from a strong utterance of the feelings cepts is exhibited by a large portion of necessarily excited by the sickening our American press. Let it no longer spectacle, -and from a large portion of be said that for our poor human nature the American press he may expect to it is a sublime impossibility to "love receive the neglect of total indifference your enemies ; bless them that curse when he is fortunate enough to escape you ; do good to them that hate you; the frown of positive hostility. Thus and pray for them which despitefully it is, that while on the one side the use you and persecute you." Let an abusive lie against America is welEnglishman come to this country and comed and applauded in England, on write an abusive book of his travels, the other the indignant truth respecting be it never so false, never so flippant, England is disregarded or derided in Dever so crammed with crude absurd- America. We do not mean that this ities and impertinences, it is sure of is a very remarkable instance of the a “general circulation" among the spirit of the precept which commands British public, and from the British the return of good for evil, and the press welcome, commendation, daily offer of the left cheek to the smiter of reference and copious quotation. On the right, but it is at least a signal the other hand, let an American under- performance of its letter. take to present, to the indignant sym The fact is, and there is no denying pathies of his countrymen and the it, that the number is not small among world, even an imperfect picture of all us who have really more sympathy
those hideous horrors of wrong and though they are scarcely conscious of « wretchedness, growing out of the it themselves, and would never confess
oppression of the many by the few, it to others-more sympathy with the which lie within the whited sepulchre aristocratic institutions of England, of England's external greatness and than with the democratic genius of glory,—let him bring to the task the their own country and government. heart of a man and the spirit of an We have no desire to take the occasion
• The Condition and Fate of England. By the Author of “The Glory and Shame of England.” 2 vols. 12mo. Second Edition. New York: J. & H. G. Langley, 57 Chatham street. 1843.
Histoire Criminelle du Gouvernement Anglais, depuis les premiers massacres de l'Irlande jusqu'à l'empoisonnement des Chinois; par Elias Regnault. Paris : Pagnerre, Editeur, Rue de Seine, 14 Bis. 1841. New York : In Press of J. S. Redfield.
to say a word grating harshly on the all the superincumbent weight of ears of our opponents in our division social and political disadvantages, of parties, and will by no means under which they can but heave and pretend that all the American spirit, all toss like the giant whose sighs are the the democratic feeling, is on our side, hot breath, and whose groans the and all the aristocratic sentiment, the fearful mutterings of Etna. What do un-American spirit, on theirs; though we care for or about English Radiwe do insist that there is more, vastly calism or Chartisn, or any movement more, of the former on ours, and of the the kind, or anybody connected latter on theirs, than vice versa. At with them? What attention do we all events, there is a very strong and pay to them? What cheer of encourwidely diffused anti-democratic princi- agement, what word or token of ple and sentiment among us, manifeste sympathy, to say nothing of more ing itself continually in a great variety substantial aid, do they ever get from of modes and occasions, social and us—do we ever dream of sending? political. There is as much distrust An occasional cold and careless paraand fear of “the People”—as much graph among the ample columns dislike of universal suffrage—as much devoted by our leading newspapers to dread of it when it does not exist, and the foreign news brought by each regret for its existence where it has packet a day or two later than its been irrevocably established—as much predecessor, is all the notice their of that spirit which has little faith in cause or their movements ever receive human nature, and less love for it, and from our press. We know little or which aims always to govern the nothing of their men. Their papers “lower classes” by strong law and are never quoted from; we doubi much plenty of it—which delights to stand if any of ours exchange with them. above and aloof, and to whose ears the In a word, wrapped up in the selfish words Equality, Liberty, Brotherhood, satisfaction of our own possession of are either unmeaning sounds or harsh all they are so painfully contending discords-as much of all this among for, we seem to iake less interest in us, we are almost tempted to say, as their struggles and sufferings than we in England itself. All ihose in whom should do in the affairs of the people this spirit exists, incline strongly with of the moon-if there are any there all the grain of their bias in favor of and if we had access to any knowledge the aristocratic principles of the Eng. of their sayings and doings. lish system, even though they may con The operation of this same spirit is cede that it is there carried somewhat very apparent in the reception which too far. They receive with no favor, has been accorded by the greater part of with no sympathy, democratic versions the press—at least ibat of our Atlantic of the real character of that system, as cities, so far as it has fallen under our illustrated by its desolating conse- observation—to the volume referred to quences upon those wretched masses at the commencement of this Article. of the agricultural and manufacturing Its author, during a recent visit to operatives, on whose degradation and England, directed his attention less to destitution is reared all that gorgeous the superficial splendors which usually structure of the nobility of England. fill the eye of the American traveller,
Is this spirit--strong as it is, though than to the dreadful oppressions under latent, lateni often even from the con- which the wretched millions of the sciousness of those most deeply tinged working population sigh and suffer, in with it—is this spirit confined to a a condition of which the permitted confew? Would that it were. It is at tinuance seems almost enough to least sufficient almost entirely to para- provoke an indignant denial of the exlyze the natural impulse and tendency istence of a ruling Providence of power which we might expect to witness in and good. He looked into these things the American heart in sympathy with the eye of a republican, and feel. toward that same cause of liberty in ing for them with the heart of a Chrisour mother-country which our revolu- tian, he has denounced them, as well tion established in triumph for us, and became him, in both capacities. He which our example has taught and has seen with just regret the ignorance stimulated the Reformers of England prevailing among his countrymen about to strive and struggle for, even under the real facts and details of this sub
ject, and that consequent apathy in re- air, and all the necessary causes and gard to them for which he has felt a concomitants to its production. And, natural surprise and shame; and his taken as a whole, the work presents a object has been to lay before them such view of the condition of the People of a condensed summary of the terrible England, as authentic in its evidences truth, as will at the same time supply as it is dark in its shades and harrowtheir deficiency of information, and ing in many of its details, which we stimulate their slumbering sympathies. should be glad to see diffused in as Mr. Lester's former hasty and slip-shod wide a circulation on our side of the book, on “The Glory and Shame of Atlantic, as any “ American Notes for England,” was, indeed, disfigured by General Circulation" have received on many faults, which laid it justly bare the other. The information, we repeat, to criticism, though, as we remarked is wanted among us, and every year as on its appearance, it contained a great it developes and accelerates the tendency deal for which we could most cordially now moving fast onward in England thank him for his labors, and was api- towards a radical reform or a terrible mated by a feeling which went far to revolution, will increase its value and redeem 'worse offences of style and interest. manner. The present one is aliogether The work of M. Regnault, a strong superior in every respect to the former; liberal writer of the present day, in though, from the general similarity of Paris, we are led to notice in the presubject, and the spirit in which it is sent Article, from having observed the treated, it perhaps suffers somewhat announcement that it is shortly to be from a personal prejudice left on many translated and republished here. Its minds by the other. It is better ar- title sufficiently indicates its character. ranged and digested; and, though not “ The Criminal History of the English free from literary faults which we have Government, from the earliest massano desire to exienuate, is generally in cres in Ireland to the poisoning of the better taste and style, and the evident Chinese," written by a Frenchman, is product of more deliberate pains and not likely to present a picture very gay more careful revision.
in its colors, or drawn with a very The greatest merit of the book is delicate pencil. “ The Criminal Histhat which has been imputed to it as a tory of the English Government,” exdefect, the copiousness of its quota. claims M. Regnault in his preface, tious. Aware of the difficulty of find “needs neither declamation nor hypering credence for all he had to tell, even bole. The facts speak for themselves. on the part of a favorably disposed To narrate is to accuse; to read is to audience,-still more of the abuse and condemn. In these hideous annals, contradiction to be expected from ad- where every page is a blot, every line verse prejudice and national irritation, a wrong, we are only embarrassed by to every mere statement or description the secundity of crime and the perof his own,-he has aimed at every step plexity of choice.” Lamarque fur. to fortify his progress by English au- nishes him one of the mottoes for his thority and evidence, of a character be- title-page,—“ Punic faith has found its yond the reach of those assaults which match in modern times in English he could hardly expect himself to be faith ;" and Cato the other, which folable to withstand. He has made lows as its cordial commentary, “ DeEnglish writers, English reviewers, lenda Carthago !” The latter denunEnglish statisticians, English ministers, ciation he seems no less anxious to either lell or verify the sad story he carry into practical effect than was the desired to present to his country, of stern old republican from whom he English misgovernment and wretched- borrows it. He calls upon France to ness. In the points of fact which he be the modern Rome to this modern has selected for illustration of his asser- Carthage. In other times," writes tions, he has generally been careful to M. Regnault, very ridiculously and very take such as are symptomatic in their Frenchly, “ when this same England, character, and which present in a word departing from the paths of Christianity, a whole history of their antecedents was gradually returning towards its and attendant circumstances—as the former Saxon paganism, it was from fruit is the sufficient proof of the exist- the shores of France that those warence of root, trunk, branches, soil, sun, riors issued who assembled at the voice