Excerpt from The Eclectic Magazine of Foreign Literature, Science, and Art, Vol. 36: July to December, 1882
Mr. Lowell, in an interesting but rather tart essay, On a Certain Con descension in Foreigners, warns off Englishmen who may be. Disposed to write or speak about the United States of America. I never blamed England for not wishing well to democracy, he cries how should she? But the criticisms and dealings of Englishmen, in regard to the object of their ill will, are apt, Mr. Lowell declares, to make him impatient. Let them give up trying to understand us, still more thinking that they do, and acting in various ab surd ways as the necessary consequence; for they will never arrive at that devout ly to be wished consummation, till they learn to look at us as we are, and not as they suppose us to be.
On the other hand, from some quar ters in America come reproaches to us for not speaking about America enough.
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