Speeches of John Bright, M.P. on the American Question
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...troubles and such great sacrifices, contributed to the relief of that appalling distress which has prevailed, and does still prevail, in this country. I regard this transmission of assistance from the United States as a proof that the world moves onward in the direction of a better time. (Hear!) It is an evidence that, whatever may be the faults of ambitious men, and sometimes, may I not say, the crimes of governments, the peoples are drawing together, and beginning to learn that it never was intended that they should be hostile to each other, but that every nation should take a brotherly interest in every other nation in the world. (Cheers.) There has been, as we all know, not a little jealousy between some portions of the people of this country and some portions of the people of the United States. Perhaps the jealousy has existed more on this side. I think it has found more expression here, probably through the means of the public press, than has been the case with them. I am not alluding now to the last two years, but as long as most of us have been readers of newspapers and observers of what has passed around us. The establishment of independence, eighty years ago, the war of 1812, it may be occasionally the presumptuousness and the arrogance of a growing and prosperous nation on the other side of the Atlantic, --these things have stimulated ill-feeling and jealousy here, which have often found expression in language not of the very kindest character. But why should there be this jealousy between these two nations? Mr. Ashworth has said, and said very truly, a Are they not our own people?" I should think, as an Englishman, that to see that people so numerous, so powerful, so great in so many ways, should be to us a cause, not of envy or...
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