Letters from London, Written from the Year 1856 to 1860, Volume 1

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Page 213 - An act more effectually to provide for the national defence, by establishing an uniform militia throughout the United States " which act is in the words following vizt.
Page 147 - President of the United States. Each State in the United States is authorized to be represented in said Convention by a number of delegates equal to twice the number of Senators and Representatives to which each State is entitled in the National Congress.
Page 305 - To press forward to a great principle by breaking through every other great principle that stands in the way of its establishment; to force the way to the liberation of Africa by trampling on the independence of other States in Europe; in short, to procure an eminent good by means that are unlawful; is as little consonant to private morality as to public justice.
Page 237 - Our system constitutes, as the final negotiator of treaties, a popular body of sixty-two members ! They amend such instruments with all the freedom they amend ordinary bills, engrafting each his peculiar notion, and indulging clap-trap and bunkum without stint. This is diplomacy run riot ; and one must not be astonished at finding foreign powers occasionally restive under its operation.
Page 71 - It was objected, in a manner exceedingly kind and courteous, that he wore a black cravat, had no chapean, and no sword, and could not thus pass the Queen. I tried once, twice, or thrice, to surmount the difficulty by adverting to the official character of his dress, but the rule was express, and there was no discretion to relax it. Pained at the position in which my estimable countryman was placed, among strangers, and in a place to which he was entirely unaccustomed, I unhesitatingly offered to...
Page 318 - ... while I was at St. Petersburg, and I pressed it upon Mr. Webster when Secretary of State. It is the great practical advantage enjoyed by the diplomats of Russia. It produces a harmony of action and inculcation that, in a long run, tells conclusively. Mr. Webster's difficulty was in the great labor which it must throw upon somebody in the department, already overtaxed. How that may be, I can't pretend to say : — but if there be any use at all in having missions dotted over Europe, they might...
Page 174 - Navy must be docked ; and we must be content with whatever terms the adversary in this national duel may prescribe for a peace, if indeed a peace would ever be desirable or attainable. You see, I have my misgivings on your great measure of change in the rights of nations at war. If our Navy approached anywhere near to the power of the one displayed off Portsmouth last spring, I should be quite willing to let it take its chance in defending our coast : but as it now is, and as I am afraid, by an unwise...
Page 285 - Coffee and tea, when imported direct from the place of their growth or production in American vessels, or in foreign vessels entitled by reciprocal treaties to be exempt from discriminating duties, tonnage, and other charges.
Page 173 - This is a sincere, and I believe a sound opinion, viewing the question as an English one. They will gain everything, first, for the security of their commerce, and, second, in the concentrative efficacy of their prodigious naval armament. War will not endanger their merchant ships or their manufactures, and thus, relieved from all care about these vital interests, they may send their fleets to bully and thunder where they please. . Opposite results may be drawn from an American view.

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