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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 123 [newspaper clipping], December 23, 1856

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Identifier: DX03725660

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 123 [newspaper clipping], December 23, 1856

Description: Newspaper clipping of article from the New York Times titled ''Have we a Bourbon Among us?'' The article criticizes the newspaper, The European.


Have we a Bourbon Among us?

We have watched with considerable interest the course of a weekly paper newly established in this City, called The European, published as well as edited anonymously,—handsomely printed upon a sheet of sixteen pages, and professing to give “all the information that can be gathered in Europe and America of especial interest to Europeans in the United States, and to the inhabitants of the British North American Provinces.” It is principally made up of extracts, skillfully made and accompanied by such comments as maybe needed to direct attention to the special point in view.

The paper has a clear and distinct leading object,—and so far as it can be gathered from the general character of its contents, this object is to present, in the worst possible form, all the worst features of political and social life in the United States. Every scrap that may record any unusual crime, poverty, suffering or other wrong; every editorial paragraph denouncing Slavery or any other evil that may appear in any of our journals; all official statistics of pauperism or crime; all complaints of bad laws or of inefficient executors of them; all exposures of corruption in public office, of breach of trust on the part of private persons, or of malfeasance anywhere; everything, in short, which may appear in any quarter, foreign or domestic, calculated to favor the belief that the whole country is in a state of anarchy and demoralization, is carefully transferred to the pages of the European. As a matter of course, it finds no lack of material. And it exhibits very great skill and ability in so arranging it all as to convey the lesson it is designed to inculate, that the American Republic is on the brink of dissolution, —that foreigners of all classes should look upon it as a doomed country, and that emigration should hereafter be directed exclusively to the British Provinces. The following paragraphs from last week’s number are more explicit in regard to the purpose for which this paper is published than we have met before :

“In our opinion, the people of Britain, whether agriculturists, mechanics, merchants, manufacturers, capitalists or laborers, should avoid emigrating to the United States. We would recommend them to settle in the British Provinces; and we shall present, from time to time, what we believe to be all-sufficient reasons to lead them to that conclusion. * * *

We want to make our correspondent, and all other readers of the European, understand that the importance of the Slavery question has been greatly underrated. Slavery is about to destroy the great American Republic, and to establish upon its ruins a mighty oligarchy, whose principal object will be to unite with the despotic powers of Europe, and obliterate Great Britain from the list of independent nations.”

It is not easy to say what class of persons are sufficiently interested in these objects to support a paper like the European. It has now reached its sixth number,—with how large a subscription list we are not aware. Its publication must involve considerable expense, and cannot be carried on without supplies from some quarter. If we were to speculate upon the revelations of WIKOFF’S Diplomatic Adventures, we might very easily imagine that the British Foreign Office was at the bottom of this curious publication. Its object, certainly, is one which can obtain no effective sympathy from any but enemies of the growth and prosperity of the United States.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-12-23

Type(s): Clipping, Newspaper

Maker/Creator: New York Times

Subjects: Crime
International relations
Emigration and immigration


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