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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 37

An American View of England

An American View of England.

The foreign policy of England, though ambitious and lavis[unclear: h] of money, has not often been generous or just. It has a principal regard to the interest of trade, checked however by the aristocratic bias of the ambassador, which usually puts him in sympathy with the continental courts.

It sanctioned the partition of Poland—it betrayed Geno[unclear: a,] Sicily, Greece, Turkey, Rome, and Hungary.

The nation always resists the immoral action of their government. They think humanely on the affairs of France of Turkey, of Poland, of Hungary, of Schleswig-Holstein though overborne by the statecraft of the rulers at last.

England is the best of actual nations, but she too is in the stream of fate—one victim more in a common catastrophe.

(Emerson, 1856.)