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The Yale literary magazine (v. 22-23)

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Pages: 616

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Yale University

Excerpt from book: TII E TALE LITERABY MAGAZINE. Vol. XXII. NOVEMBER, 1850. No. II. EDITORS FOB THE CLASS OF '47. V. B. BUTLER, H. S. HUNTIXOTON, J. M. HOLMES, N. C. PERKINS, O. PKATT. £l)e Conbuet of tl)e Campaign. Now that the election is over, it may be proper for us to glance at the conduct of the campaign, and see whether it has been carried on in that spirit which we, as a people, and especially that portion of us who claim to be the educated people, can approve. We are willing to acknowledge that there was much in the principles for which the various parties were striving, much in the peculiarly hostile attitude of the different sections of the country, to arouse malevolent and angry feeling. But the true question is precisely this—is there anything in party obligations which should make a man forget the common courtesies of life, and the instincts of a gentleman? If so, let all party obligations bo shaken off, and let us go forth free and untrameled ready to follow out the dictates of our better natures. In the political campaign through which we have just passed, there is no question but that the virulence and malignity of party spirit have been suffered to exceed all bounds. We had never before supposed that a person was responsible for anything but his own actions: that by these he must be judged, and his true position assigned. It seems, however, that this is not sufficient. Should any of our readers ever be so unfortunate as to become a candidate for the Presidency of this free and enlightened people, let such a one look well to his antecedents VOL. XXII. 7 His own life may be pure and spotless as the driven snow, but if any of his relatives, or persons, not of kin, bearing the same name, have ever been derelict in the slightest degree, the unhappy ca...  


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