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assassination.    All the English I have
talked too, except Rosenberg (!) have taken the
other view.        As if one black sin could justify
a blacker.    As if, too, just at the very time
when culture, self control, Christianity should come
into play to restrain and guide � all ought to go
by the board at once, and blood-red murder to be
welcomed as the right course of conduct.   But the
red indian savage has bequeathed his notion of the
excellence of Revenge to his white successors.
  Apropos of the Ledger, Haney has got an order
to write an article on serpents for it.   Parton does
write for it, every week; which fact, I think, modi-
fies his judgment of the inherent trashiness of the
paper.     Invisible threads from the Ann Street office
are appended to all sorts of noses.   He, Parton, came
to this country a child, and half believes in it.   He
is dazed by its bigness and swaggering vitality which
in his hopeful estimation, outgrows the ravages of the
vultures feeding on its vitals.   He has, not unnatur-
ally, got so interested in its Burrs and Jacksons
and other unloveable �great men,� as to drop into a
half hero-worship of them, which I cannot follow.
To me they are simply odious and unchristian.   I
think his enthusiasm, while it makes him write vigorous-
ly, leads him into too hot sympathy with his subjects.
What a thousandfold happier, better, clearer life
might have been, had it been cast in that old
monarchy, which whatever be the faults which               
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