The elements of the New England character lie less upon the surface than those of any other people; and hence per haps, it has been more misinterpreted and misrepresented than any whose history is equally accessible. And this, not merely by foreigners, but by other portions of our own coun try, and there are those, even here, among ourselves, who, not reﬂecting, or not having opportunities for comparison, have in some measure yielded to the constant repetition of unjust delineations, divesting this people of the higher and nobler attributes of ardor and generosity, and making even the virtues which are conceded to them to lean towards meanness, illiberality and disingenuousness.
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