It is to be observed, that these ambassadors spoke to me, by an interpreter, the languages of both empires differing
as much from each other as any two in Europe, and each nation priding itself upon the antiquity, beauty, and energy of their own tongue, with an avowed contempt for that of their neighbour; yet our emperor, standing upon the advantage he had got by the seizure of their fleet, obliged them to deliver their credentials, and make their speech, in the Lilliputian tongue.
At his residence at Mount Vernon, in March, 1785, the first idea was started of a revisal of the Articles of Confederation, by the organization, of means differing
from that of a compact between the State Legislatures and their own delegates in Congress.
On the other hand, his hope of immortality is uncertain;--he also conceives of death as a long sleep (in this respect differing
from the Phaedo), and at last falls back on resignation to the divine will, and the certainty that no evil can happen to the good man either in life or death.
We often see not only different courts but the judges of the came court differing
from each other.
And if he found them differing
as much from one another as from his first counsellors, would he not act prudently in trying the experiment unanimously recommended by the latter, rather than be hearkening to those who could neither deny the necessity of a speedy remedy, nor agree in proposing one?
By degrees they sink into the category of the reactionary conservative Socialists depicted above, differing
from these only by more systematic pedantry, and by their fanatical and superstitious belief in the miraculous effects of their social science.
In passing it is necessary to refer to the structure of Chinese verse, which, difficult as it is to grasp and differing
in particulars from our European ideas of technique, has considerable interest for the student of verse form and construction.
But when states are acquired in a country differing
in language, customs, or laws, there are difficulties, and good fortune and great energy are needed to hold them, and one of the greatest and most real helps would be that he who has acquired them should go and reside there.