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	     Anti-English War-talk.
stairs anon to talk to Mrs. Edwards; paterfa-
milias came down, Haney returned, Anne, Jack
and Eliza appeared, finally Mrs E.         Haney
talking anglophobia about the war and I dis-
puting with him, not feeling called upon to gush
in sympathy for a Government and people that
is not actuated by love of right and liberty in
this quarrel but by much lower, harder, and
more selfish motives.    He had been to Jim Par-
ton�s yesternight and, I judge, echoed him.    And
Parton is altogether one-sided and sympathetic
in his opinions, having that part of his nature
utterly in excess over his judgment, as he once
acknowledged, on my charging him with it.   Where
fore I very respectfully object to taking my tone
from him, from any Americanized Briton, or
American.     If you want to be popular and
at ease, during times of turmoil and excitement
it is advisable not to look on both sides of the ques-
tion; by doing so, you generally displease both
parties.    Cahill, who rationally puts his
privations in London (the result of his dishonesty
and improvidence) to the disparagement of Eng-
land, talks the pseudo-patriotic slang of the
day and, as far as he believes in anything, cre-
dits it, while he thinks negroes only fit to be
slaves.    Bellew, too, who returned to the U. S.               
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