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 -   The press, though very liable to
error, labors hard at its vocation in teaching foreign politics,
and spares no expense - Page 9
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The Press, Though Very Liable To Error, Labors Hard At Its Vocation In Teaching Foreign Politics, And Spares No Expense In Letting In Daylight.

If the light let in be sometimes moonshine, excuse may easily be made.

Where so much is attempted, there must necessarily be some failure. But even the moonshine does good if it be not offensive moonshine. What I would deprecate is, that aptness at reproach which we assume; the readiness with scorn, the quiet words of insult, the instant judgment and condemnation with which we are so inclined to visit, not the great outward acts, but the smaller inward politics of our neighbors.

And do others spare us? will be the instant reply of all who may read this. In my counter reply I make bold to place myself and my country on very high ground, and to say that we, the older and therefore more experienced people as regards the United States, and the better governed as regards France, and the stronger as regards all the world beyond, should not throw mud again even though mud be thrown at us. I yield the path to a small chimney-sweeper as readily as to a lady; and forbear from an interchange of courtesies with a Billingsgate heroine, even though at heart I may have a proud consciousness that I should not altogether go to the wall in such an encounter.

I left England in August last - August, 1861. At that time, and for some months previous, I think that the general English feeling on the American question was as follows:

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