Lack of Patriotism Among Business Interests.
December 18, 1895.
Horatio W. Seymour, Esq.,
Editor "Chicago Chronicle," Chicago, Ill.
Dear Mr. Seymour: — I have found time to read but few of the books which have been sent me since I have been in Springfield. During the summer I received a book entitled "Government & Co., Limited," which was from your pen. Owing to the pressure of other matters I was not able to read it through until recently, and I am so strongly impressed with your masterly treatment of the subject of protection and with the eloquent and fearless expression of your views, that I want to congratulate you. I recognized in a few of the chapters the essence of some of those remarkable editorials that appeared in the "Chicago Herald" several years ago, but every sentence glows with as much fire now as it did then.
What especially pleases me is the fact that you do not seem to stand in awe of that false god misnamed "business interests," or you never would have written the following sentence:
"Every surrender of principle is applauded in business circles, every standard that comes down, every flag that is struck for the sake of peace, brings security and confidence to business interests. Consult business interests, and there is no wrong too offensive to be borne in behalf of peace, — left to the sagacious men who speak for business interests, every great evil would be permitted to cover the land with infamy and to involve a nation in ruin before they would risk a dollar of trade in an attack upon it."
There is a ring in this that should be heard down the centuries. Allow me to suggest that you will do both yourself and your country an injustice if you lay down your pen.
Assuring you of my high regard, I am,
Very truly yours,
JOHN P. ALTGELD.