Life and Letters of Edwin Lawrence Godkin - Vol. 1

Life and Letters of Edwin Lawrence Godkin - Vol. 1

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Life and Letters of Edwin Lawrence Godkin - Vol. 1

Life and Letters of Edwin Lawrence Godkin - Vol. 1

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"I AM an Irishman, but I am as English in blood as he is." So wrote Mr. Godkin in 1878, declining the invitation of the editor of the Princeton Review to reply in its pages to an article by Goldwin Smith. The latter had, Mr. Godkin thought, laid too much stress upon "race" as "a solution of political problems," and had alluded to Mr. Godkin as a "champion of his race." Now, he would have been the last to deny race influence, yet to him the personal was more than the racial quality. With Erasmus he would have said, "To me, he is an Italian who has Italian learning, though he may have been born in Erin." His mother's family (her name was Sarah Lawrence) were Cromwellian settlers of repute and property. On his paternal descent, he himself made a brief note. Writing in 1900 to F. W. Gookin, he remarked on the similarity of their names, observing that James Russell Lowell "used to try to persuade me" that "Gookin" was a corruption of "Godkin," owing to the scruples of the Massachusetts Puritan Godkins about using the . . .

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