A Letter to a Whig Member of the Southern Independence Association by Goldwin SmithA Letter to a Whig Member of the Southern Independence Association by Goldwin Smith

A Letter to a Whig Member of the Southern Independence Association

byGoldwin Smith

Paperback | February 2, 2012

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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. 1864. Excerpt: ... in a state of great misery, of brutal ignorance, and of the vice which misery and ignorance always bring in their train. Millions of our laboring population live constantly in view of penal pauperism, and nearly a million of them on the average are actually paupers. They pass through life without hope: they die in destitution: the only haven of their old age, after a life of toil, is the workhouse. In most cottages of many counties the children are under fed that the father may have enough to work upon: and any physician who has been much among the poor will tell you that numbers of them die in their infancy from want of proper food and clothing. In Ireland, centuries of horrors to which, I say most deliberately, history affords no parallel, seem to be closing in the expatriation of a people. There is wealth, luxury, and splendor, such as perhaps the world never saw, in the palaces of our nobles and our wealthy merchants and stockbrokers: but there is hunger, and the horrible diseases that wait on hunger, at the palace gates. Pass from the dwellings of the rich to those of the poor, and you will own, that though we may be a great and powerful nation, a community in the full sense of the term we are not. These things are freely stated and even exaggerated by Conservative writers whose object it is to disparage the present in honor of the past; and I do not see why it should be treason to state them when the object is to prevent the same party from destroying the opening prospects of the future. While the mass of the people have so little interest in the existing state of things, and while they are at the same time Bo wanting in the education and intelligence requisite for the exercise of political rights, our statesmen naturally shrink from giving them the...
Title:A Letter to a Whig Member of the Southern Independence AssociationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:22 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217307590

ISBN - 13:9780217307598