28 JULY 1855, Page 16


Srn-In a recent Spectator, in an article entitled " The Younger Son," you appear tacitly to praise. the conduct of the Government of the United States for having " nipped m the bud" the young aristocracy of that coun- try in the shape of the attaches to the Legations.

Is this wise ? The Upper Ten Thousand take no interest and no share in the politics of their native land, but they are most recklessly lavish and ex- pensive in all their habits. Is it policy to detach them from all interest in public affairs, and to shut up the avenues to political distinction ? Can Congress pass sumptuary laws and " nip unbounded extravagance in the bud " ?

President Pierce in his wisdOm has been pleased to parade his Democracy in the face of Europe by forbidding a court dress. By so doing he gets a lower class of persons, who are ready to forward any scheme for aggran- dizing the United States. Judging from his nominees, who met at Bruges, and concocted a scheme for the forcible seizure of the colony of a friendly Power, it would be better that such persons had European connexions and tastes, even though they committed the enormity of wearing a velvet coat and lace ruflies,-better certainly for the peace of the world. Why retain the title of "Excellency," which is as aristocratic to the ear as a court dress is to the eye? Americans who do not wish to "flog creation" no doubt see the folly of all this parade of Republicanism, which is as injurious to their own coun-

try as it is ridiculous in the eyes d i all the rest of the world.

Your obedient servant, • AN ENEMY TO FALSE Parrxmcms.