Notes and Queries Volume 115

Notes and Queries Volume 115

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...by me, and says: --"A phrase which showed at least sufficient acquaintance with the by-ways of Euroean iolitics as aptly to recall the story of the younger Pitt exclaiming to a friend concerning Fox during the debates on the Regency Bill of 1788, 'I'll un-Whig the gentleman for the rest of his life.'" Now Lincoln was elected in 1846 a Representative from Illinois to the Thirtieth Congress as a Whig. It was about 1835 that the word Whig came into use in the United States as the designation of a political party. The words "Whig," "Abolitionist," "Wilmot Proviso," and " Know-Nothing " prove conclusively that the above passage does not contain the slightest allusion to "the byways of European politics," but refers wholly and solely to American politics. Indeed, the passage, it is safe to say, would be utterly unintelligible to any Englishmen, except the few who are familiar with the by-ways of American politics; for it would be quite unreasonable to expect an Englishman to state the provisions of the Wilmot Proviso, or to explain the principles of the " KnowNothing Party." Albert Matthews. Boston, U.S.A. When the Marquis of Hartington, now the Duke of Devonshire, was introduced to Lincoln, the great President said, "Hartington, Hartington, why, that rimes with Partington; any relation?" These words could never have been uttered by a political genius like Walpole. Lincoln did not put in practice the maxim that a drop of honey catehes more flies than a gallon of gall. M. N. G. Santa Fe: American Place-Names (10 S. vi. 310, 353, 394, 452; vii. 17).--I would like to remedy an injustice which I unintentionally did to the Century Company at the last reference, and by so...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 28mm | 962g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236983513
  • 9781236983510