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all horrid places none could be so intolerable as a cabin in the Backwoods.

But many of our travellers have, I am sorry to say, been guilty of intentional mistatements. Finding themselves disappointed, either in their pecuniary speculations, or in their ideas of the advantages of emigration, they have wilfully calumniated the people of the country. Moreover there are still in England a few miscreants who detest free institutions, and who maintain with all their might " the right divine to govern wrong.” To these men the rising power and importance of the United States is gall and wormwood; and accordingly they have echoed back with redoubled clamour, all the calumnies that have been uttered against the Americans, and with a hatred unworthy of the believers in a Religion of peace, have laboured to excite enmity between us and our Transatlantic brethren.

On this subject the intelligent author of the Sketch Book very properly observes : “ The tissue of misrepresentations attempted to be woven around us, are like cobwebs woven round the limbs of an infant giant. Our country continually outgrows them. One falsehood after another falls off of itself. We have but to live on, and every day we live a whole volume of refutation." *

* Sketch Book, page 108. The whole of this excellent chapter entitled English writers on America, should be read by every one.

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It is lamentable to see that such writers, as those Mr. Irving alludes to, have but too well sụcceeded in exciting feelings of hostility against America. Insult has provoked retaliation, and has consequently produced many works, in which Great Britain is held up to'ridicule and detestation. I will mention as instances “ Old England by a New England man,” and “ the address delivered, on the anniversary of the declaration of independence, by John Quincy Adams, Secretary of State.” * These amiable productions of national hatred deserve to be placed on the same shelf with the works of Ashe, Fearon, and Welby.

The people of England are however beginning to view the United States in a fairer light, and in common with the Americans themselves, seem at last disposed to treat all such calumnious publications with merited contempt.

For my own part, although I went to America full of prejudice against the nation, yet I returned with very different impressions, having been always treated with the most unbounded hospitality and kindness. I am confident, that when many enlightened travellers have visited that great Republic, Englishmen will begin to esteem and respect, a people, connected with them, not only by lan

* This, which is a disgrace to the secretary both in point of language and matter, was printed at Washington in July, 1821 ; and would afford a fine treat to the Quarterly.

guage, manners, and laws, but also, by that strongest of all ties, Mutual Interest. In contemplating the grand spectacle afforded by this rising, though as yet only infant nation, every unprejudiced Englishman must rejoice, when pointing to it he can exclaim_ This was founded by my countrymen!


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