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TO MY FORMER PUPILS.
There are now in different portions of this country, not far from a thousand citizens, in the formation of whose minds I have had some share as a teacher. Many of you are in places of authority; and I consider myself more fortunate than the great founder of political science in this, that Aristotle taught a royal youth and future conqueror,
and Athenians indeed, but at a period when the sun of Greece was setting ; while my lot has been to instruct the future law-makers of a vast and growing commonwealth, in the noblest branches that can be imparted to the minds of youth preparing themselves for the citizenship of a great republic. I have taught you in the early part of our history, which God has destined to fill a fair page in the annals of man if we do our arduous duty. If not, our shame will be proportionate. He never holds out high rewards without corresponding penalties.
When you were members of this institution, I led you through the history of man-of rising and of ebbing civilization-of freedom, despotism, and anarchy. I have taught you how men are destined to be producers and exchangers; how wealth is gathered and lost; and how, without it, there can be no progress and no culture. I have studied, with many of you,
the ethics of states and of political man. You can bear me witness that I have endeavoured to convince you of man's inextinguishable individuality, and of the organic nature of society; that there is no right without a parallel duty, no liberty without the supremacy of the law, and no high destiny without earnest perseverance—that there can be no greatness without self-denial.*
Through you my life and name are linked to the republic, and it seems natural that I should dedicate to you a work intended to complete that part of my Political Ethics which touches more especially on liberty. You will take it as the gift of a friend, and will allow it kindly to remind you of that room where you were accustomed to sit before your teacher, with the busts of Washington, Socrates, Shakspeare, and other labourers in the vineyard of humanity, looking down upon us.
* For other readers it may be mentioned, that the writer is Professor of History and of Political Philosophy and Economy in the State College of South Carolina,
TO MY FORMER PUPILS.
The suffrages of your
fellow-citizens have carried many of
you into the legislative halls of our confederated states; a few of you are clothed with their chief authority, or have risen to the bench; others have seats in our Congress ; some have become teachers of the young ; some labour in the Church. Many of you are at home, and near at hand; some are on the shores of the Pacific, or in foreign lands. Wherever this book
you, in whatever sphere of duty it may find you occupied, receive it as a work earnestly intended to draw increased attention to the great argument of our times.
Our age has added new and startling commentaries to many subjects discussed in the Political Ethics, and things there spoken of as probably past all recurrence have since burst upon an amazed world. We would never have supposed that Socialism and Despotism, the fatal negations of freedom, could have been boldly proclaimed in this century as the defence and refuge of humanity. We could never have believed possible such a waste of national zeal, within so short a period, as we have witnessed in Italy and Germany--countries that are endeared to every civilized man.
A large part of Europe is in a state of violence, either convulsive action or enforced repose, and one of the greatest nations has apparently once more sought refuge in the reminiscences of the saddest times of Rome.
History often reaches our shores from that portion of the globe by entire chapters. We are necessarily affected by new events and new ideas, as we in turn influence Europe ; for we are of kindred blood, of one Christian faith, of similar pursuits and civilization ; we have one science and the same arts; we have one common treasure of knowledge and power; our alphabet and our numeric signs are the same ; and we are members of one family of advanced nations. In such times it behoves us to keep a steady eye on all the signs of the times. Let us be attentive ; let us understand. Goethe says truly, that we must learn to read occasionally between the lines of books in order to understand them. It is a remark which applies with still greater force to the pages of history, and those that record the changes of our own days.
You live in an energetic age. Men are intently bent on bold and comprehensive ends, and mischief is pursued with similar activity. The calling of our inter-oceanic country is a solemn one; the youngest nation shall bind the old to the oldest, and the Pacific shall unite, though the narrow Bosphorus has long divided. Your institutions come from the freest nation of ancient and venerable Europe—and your duties are proportionate to the blessings you are enjoying. The period we live in, our country's position and youth, our abundance of land,