I reached my office in Lincoln's Inn
Fields at 8 o'clock on the morning of January 5th, having been absent
just about six weeks. The distances were as follows: -
Liverpool to New York 3,062 miles.
New York to Chicago 913 "
Chicago to Council Bluffs 488 "
Council Bluffs to San Francisco 1,867 "
San Francisco to Merced 152 "
Merced to New Orleans 2,344 "
New Orleans to Washington 1,144 "
Washington to New York 228 "
New York to Liverpool 3,064 "
London to Liverpool 201 "
Liverpool to London 201 "
Journeys in buggies, tram-cars, &c. 110 "
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I must conclude with some general remarks: -
The Times recently published a series of ten articles on the "Negro
Question in the United States," and from them it appears that the
position of that country is very serious in this relation. These
articles commenced after I had started on my journey, so that I only saw
one or two of the concluding ones and the Times leader upon the whole,
but I was not surprised to see them, because in passing through the
States which are principally peopled by negroes, I heard something
about the matter from a thoughtful man, who regarded the subject with
great gravity. The Times has shown that the attitude of one race to
the other is that of "antagonism, discontent, and perpetual danger."
The negroes have the same constitutional privileges as the whites, and
their overpowering numbers in certain places give the power into their
hands, which, regarded in relation to racial hatred, renders them to be
an object of danger to the country.