Excerpt from Great Britain, America, and Ireland: A Reply
The friendly union of English-speaking people throughout the world is an object not merely of diplomatic interest. That union is now all but complete. The old quarrel with George III. and Lord North is dead and buried; scarcely a trace of it lingers among native Americans, even in Fourth-of-July orations; the House of Brunswick has done everything that royalty could do to cement the reconciliation; and if aristocratic dislike of republicanism is not extinct, it is silenced, or finds a voice only in some organ of decrepitude. Intercourse between America and England grow apace; intermarriage among their citizens increases; sympathy becomes stronger, and shows itself on all great national occasions; common interests multiply; the fusion of science, literature, the churches, is complete; international reviews are set up, and the periodicals of each country circulate largely in the other; wherever the American and the Englishman meet, on distant shores and in face of common peril, it is felt that blood is thicker than water; Westminster Abbey hears the funeral sermons and receives the effigies of the great men of both divisions of the race. Great Britain, if she has hitherto given umbrage by her overweening power, is not likely to continue the offence; for though her sun is still far from its setting, the shadows of her day of Empire begin to lengthen, and she will probably in the future excite in her offspring less of jealousy than of the affection which attaches to the parent of their race, the foundress of their institutions, and the custodian of their historic monuments, tombs, and fanes. To the existence of perfect amity, and a union as entire as the severing Atlantic will permit, almost tho sole impediment is now the anti-British feeling of the Irish in the United States.
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