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XVII RETURN TO AMERICA W H I L E Stevenson was serving as American minister at the Court of St. James, his friends at home were working for his political advancement. During the winter of 1837-38 Judge Richard E. Parker, of the Virginia Court of Appeals, with the support of Editor Thomas Ritchie of the Richmond Enquirer, urged Stevenson for a portfolio in Van Buren's Cabinet, "but the President said, the South had two Secretaries, and it would be contrary to the usage of the Country, to give her another." 1 John Rutherfoord of Richmond wrote to Stevenson

14 Return to America Hispana AS FAR BACK AS Ι 9 1 Ο , WALDO FRANK PLANNED TO WRITE A BOOK about Jewish life in New York. In Notebook IV , page 103, he gives it the tentative title "The Godless Ghetto," and indicates that his purpose is to show "that wealthy New York Jews live in as narrow & self-constituting a ghetto as the mediaevals—but save their noble reason of God and a separate mission." That was the idea of a young man rebelling against the society in which he grew up. After he had developed an awareness of the depth of Jewishness in himself

chapter five Toll Concessions Return to America During the mid- 1980s, privatization of government functions was in the air. In Britain, Margaret Thatcher’s government had been di- vesting state- owned enterprises such as British Airways, the British Air- ports Authority, British Gas, the state- owned electricity and water indus- tries, and much more. In the United States, the Reagan administration sold off the nationalized Conrail freight railroad, long- term leased Dulles and National Airports, and appointed the President’s Commission on Privatization to

CHAPTER STUDIES ABROAD AND RETURN TO AMERICA Santayana spent two years in Europe, most of the time in Germany but with breaks in Avila and a long break in England. The humorous poem "A Psalm of Travel," dated at Gottingen on August 16,1886, expresses to Ward Thoron his view of his immediate aim in Europe,1 Stanza one reads absurdly. I like to leave my house and home And spew my insides in the sea, With just one trunk on earth to roam, That is the height of bliss for me. To roam alone without my trunk— That is the depth of misery. However, he writes in stanzas

C h a p t e r X X At the Hawiian Islands— Return to America Tall strange-looking tropical trees, coconut and palm, grow on the shore where burning lava once flowed like water and ran to the base of a horrible fire mountain. The na- tives live very much like those in the South Sea Islands and have grouped together in palm-thatched huts which character- ize their native villages. Each village has one or more morai, enclosures serving as cemeteries. In the middle is a temple, where the priests alone have a right to enter. They contain sev- eral idols of wood

C H A P T E R X X I I RETURNING TO AMERICA, AND THE CHINA LOBBY The satisfying and civilized manner in which to approach New York is on the deck of a ship. None of this being trussed to a seat, hunched and craning to peer through a small window in the sky at a tipping and revolving city- scape. Nor a lurching rush by the rears of factories and tenements only to be suddenly swallowed in the dark nothingness of tunnels. On the deck of a ship a man is free, on his two feet, breathing real air, and may with leisurely dignity review the city, lined up in splendid

170 9 “CLOSE ATTACKS, BUT STRONG CONSOLATIONS”: THE RETURN TO AMERICA On a summer evening in 1744, a weary Whitefield settled down for the night at an inn in Plymouth, in the far southwest of England. For the past two years, he had endured a number of “close attacks” but had enjoyed “strong consola- tions,” too. He longed to return to America, a place that always seemed like a fresh start to him.1 Whitefield booked passage on a ship departing from Plymouth, the place from which the Pilgrims had departed for the New World 124 years earlier. International

The Story of John and Abigail Adams in Europe