Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
lent John Bull ; another would swallow the mines of Mexico ;
a third would foul the South, a fourth the North ; and they are
all for kicking up a pretty d �d fuss generally, expecting
the people to foot the bill.
"And now, with such an infernal hubbub in our ears, on every
side, from these bomb-bladders, should there be peace among
us? We cry 'peace' when there is no peace ! Their cry is
war,' even in the midst of prosperity, and when short-cotton is
thirteen cents a pound ! And war for what ? As if we had not
prosperity enough, and a great deal too much, shipmates, since
we do not know what to do with it, and employ such blather-
skites as these to take it into their ridiculous keeping. In so
many words, shipmates, these Beasts of Babylon, representing
us poor boobies of America, are each of them, professedly on our
part, playing the part of Jeshuran the Fat ! They .are kicking
lustily, and will, I trust, be kicked over in the end, and before
the end, and kicked out of sight, by that always-avenging des-
tiny, which interposes, at the right moment, to settle accounts
with blockhead statesmen and blockhead nations.
Now, how are we to escape our own share of this judgment
of Jeshuran ? Who shall say how long it will be before we set
our heels against the bucket, and see the green fields of our
liberties watered with the waste of our prosperities ! (I'm not
sure of the legitimacy of this figure, but can't stop now to ana-
lyze it. We'll discuss it hereafter before the Literary Club of
Charleston, which is said to be equally famous for its facts and
figures.) But, so long as it is doubtful if we shall escape this
disaster�so long as the future is still in nubibus, and these
clouds are so full of growl and blackness� we may reasonably
doubt if our prosperity is either secure or perfect. Certainly,
it is not yet time either for its history or eulogy.
But for our peace, our harmony, if not our prosperity ?
"Believing ourselves prosperous, as we all do and loudly
asseverate, and there should be no good reason why harmony
should not be ours. But this harmony is of difficult acquisition,
and we must first ask, my brethren, what is harmony ?
"When we sit down to dinner to-day, it is in the confident
expectation that harmony will preside over the banquet. There
is no good reason why it should be otherwise, There will be