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 -   They might as well say
that traveling in carts without springs, at the rate of three miles
an hour, was - Page 500
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They Might As Well Say That Traveling In Carts Without Springs, At The Rate Of Three Miles An Hour, Was A Legacy Made Over To Them By England.

On that matter of traveling they have not been contented with the old habits left to them, but have gone ahead and made railroads.

In creating those railways the merit is due to them; and so also is the demerit of maintaining those slaves.

That demerit and that mistake have doubtless brought upon the Americans the grievances of their present position; and will, as I think, so far be accompanied by ultimate punishment that they will be the immediate means of causing the first disintegration of their nation. I will leave it to the Americans themselves to say whether such disintegration must necessarily imply that they have failed in their political undertaking. The most loyal citizens of the Northern States would have declared a month or two since - and for aught I know would declare now - that any disintegration of the States implied absolute failure. One stripe erased from the banner, one star lost from the firmament, would entail upon them all the disgrace of national defeat! It had been their boast that they would always advance, never retreat. They had looked forward to add ever State upon State, and Territory to Territory, till the whole continent should be bound together in the same union. To go back from that now, to fall into pieces and be divided, to become smaller in the eyes of the nations, to be absolutely halfed, as some would say of such division, would be national disgrace, and would amount to political failure.

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