Letter, April 15, 1885, London, to W. H. Bogart, Cayuga Lake, New York



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Letter written at Athenaeum Club; Pall Mall, London, England to W.H. Bogart regarding the US Senate.


April 15th. 1885. My dear Sir, I remember you and my very pleasant stay at Aurora perfectly well. Oddly enough, today, when I receive your letter, I find a leading article of the Times ending with a prediction of what it calls “the happy remark” that “all such initiative as a Senate, a House of Peers, or a Second Chamber are founded on a denial or doubt of the proposition that the voice of the people is the voice of God. They express the revolt of a great mass of human common sense against it.” I should be disposed to jest that strictly your Senate is, as you say, “in denial of the principle of a government by the People;” – but I have no superstitious reverence for that or for any other abstract principle, and I do not hesitate to say that your Senate nevertheless seems to me to work better & to be more valuable than any other single institution you possess. Sincerely yours, Matthew Arnold. – W.H. Bogart Esq. PS. Pray remember me most cordially to Mr. and Mrs. Morgan.


Letters, Arnold, Matthew, 1822-1888, Bogart, W. H. (William Henry), 1810-1888