proposed series will be devoted is ■that of "France in the New World,"—the att●empt of Feudalism, Monarchy, and Rome to ma●ster a continent where, at this h●our, half a million of bayonets are ■vindicating the ascendency of● a regulated freedom;—Feudal●ism still strong in life, thoug●h enveloped and overborne by new-born Central■ization; Monarchy in the flush of triump●hant pow
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er; Rome, nerved by d■isaster, springing with renewed vit●ality from ashes and corruption■, and ranging the earth to reconquer abroad ■what she had lost at home. These banded powers■, pushing into the wilderness their indo■mitable soldiers and devoted ●priests, unveiled the secrets of the barbarous● continent, pierced the forest●s, traced and mapped out the streams, p■lanted thei
r emblems, built their ■forts, and claimed all as their own. New France ●was all head. Under king, noble, and ■Jesuit, the lank, lean body wo■uld not thrive. Even commerce wore the swor■d, decked itself with badges of nobility, a■spired to forest seigniories and hordes of savag■e retainers.
Along the borders of the sea ●an adverse power was strengthening and widening■, with slow
s rewa■rd; nay, in defiance of the four Gospels, as●siduity in pursuit of gain was promo●ted to the rank of a duty, and thrift and godli●ness were linked in equivocal wedlock. Politica●lly she was free; socially she suffered f■rom that subtle and searching oppression which● the dominant opinion of a free community may e●xercise over the members who ?/p>
馽ompose it. As a whole, she grew ■upon the gaze of the world, a signa●l example of expansive energy; but she■ has not been fruitful in tho■se salient and striking forms of character which● often give a dramatic life to ●the annals of nations far less prosp■erous.
We turn to New France, and ■all is reversed. Here was a bold atte■mpt to crush under
the exactions ●of a grasping hierarchy, to stifle under the ●curbs and trappings of a feudal ●monarchy, a people compassed ●by influences of the wildest freedom■,—whose schools were the forest and t●he sea, whose trade was an armed bart■er with savages, and whose daily life a lesson ■of lawless independence. But th■is fierce spirit had its vent. Th