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A VOICE

FROM

AMERICA TO ENGLAND.

BY AN AMERICAN GENTLEMAN.

LONDON:

HENRY COLBURN, PUBLISHER,

GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET.

MDCCCXXXIX.

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PREFACE.

“ THERE are, at the present time,” says M. de Tocqueville, two great nations in the world, which seem to tend towards the same end, although they started from different points. I allude to the Russians and the Americans. Both of them have grown up unnoticed; and whilst the attention of mankind was directed elsewhere, they have suddenly assumed a most prominent place among the nations. The world learned their existence and greatness at almost the same time.”

It will probably be admitted, by all attentive observers, who see the world as it is, and whose habits of thought lead them to note the comparative importance of different portions of human society in their rise and progress, that there is some truth in the statement above introduced. As individuals of extraordinary endowments make their way to positions of influence, in spite of obstacles which oppose their progress, and against rivals envious of their

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