Aristocracy in England

Aristocracy in England

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Aristocracy in England

Aristocracy in England

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The one thing which more than any other, tor an American, distinguishes English life and civilization from his own is -- Aristocracy. Even Europeans find the characteristics of the British people more affected by caste than is the case with the most enlightened races of the Continent, while the existence and influence of the institution are to a democrat, fresh from the equality and uniformity of social and political life in the New World, matter of unceasing marvel. After twelve years spent in England, the spectacle was to me as remarkable as ever, and it remains my deliberate opinion that the relations of the aristocracy with the Court, the Government and politics, with the Church, with literature, the army and navy -- even with trade and manufactures, and certainly with agriculture and the land, with the dependent classes and the very poor -- constitute the pivot on which all English life revolves, the feature which is most marked in the national character and polity; the explanation of what is most peculiar, the charm of what is most . . .

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