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One always rather likes the Nigger; evidently a poor blockhead with good dispositions, with affections, attachments,—with a turn for Nigger Melodies, and the like:—he is the only Savage of all the coloured races that doesn’t die out on sight of the White Man; but can actually live beside him, and work and increase and be merry. The Almighty Maker has appointed him to be a Servant. . ), must become a contract of permanency, not easy to dissolve, but difficult extremely,—a “contract for life,” if you can manage it (which you cannot, without many wise laws and regulations, and a great deal of earnest thought and anxious experience), will evidently be the best of all.

Bowen—the men were all armed with clubs or pistols—besides the procession in the street, there was a string went along the sidewalk in single file with bludgeons & sticks, yelling & gesticulating like madmen—it was quite comical, yet very disgusting & alarming in some respects—They were very insolent, & altogether it was a strange sight—they looked like so many wild brutes let loose—thousands of slaves from the Southern plantations have crowded up here— many are supported by the Gov’t. ”4 Now these handsome and orderly troops had transmuted into a swarm of madmen with clubs, pistols, bludgeons, and sticks.

He always had xxxiv t h e v i s t a s o f Democratic Vistas inflated hopes for the success of every book he published. He confidently concluded his preface to the first edition of Leaves of Grass (1855) by claiming that “the proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it” (LG 729). But “affection” was hardly the appropriate term for the mostly vituperative reviews the first edition of Leaves received, and absorption by his country seemed faintly ridiculous after only a couple of dozen of the 795 copies he printed were sold.

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