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CHAPTER XII. CONCLUDING REMARKS.—The Author reverts
to his Objects in this Work—The Character of the Govern-
ment Institutions here described, and the Character and
Habits of the People, to be carefully distinguished— The
latter described at large in “ The Rural and Social Life
of Germany"-Further acquaintance with each other will
not lead England to copy the Political Institutions of
Germany, but to reap the advantages of Trade—The vast
influence which the Abolition of the Corn Laws will have in
this respect—The Opinions of Mr. Laing reviewed and
disproved on Statistical Evidence- Alarm of the German
Manufacturers at the prospect of the Abolition of the Corn.
Laws—The Prosperity of Hamburg a proof of the Benefits
of Trade between the two countries-Free Institutions will
proceed from England to Liberalise the whole Continent, 344
In my work on Germany there are certain subjects which I either omitted or merely slightly touched upon, as not coming expressly within the range of its “ Social and Rural life,” and as calculated to expand that work beyond reasonable bounds. On these particular subjects I wished to speak too expressly with a reference to the advantage of my countrymen, both public and private, and therefore resolved to treat them in a little separate volume.
Vast numbers of our countrymen are now settled, at least for a time, in Germany; and, independent of merely summer tourists, great numbers are still annually passing over to reside there for a season. Some are led by the simple desire or necessity for change; some go to seek health at the baths; some with a view to economy; and others, and this a
large number, with a view to the education of their children. To all these the experiences of a person who has already made the sojourn, and particularly in pursuit of education, I am sure may be of no trifling benefit. Such a little manual would have saved us infinite annoyances; would have saved us much time, much misery and disappointment. It is what we should have hailed as most welcome. I shall, therefore, endeavour to make the path clear to my successors, in all those particulars which every one is asking for on his arrival, and which no one can furnish in a palpable and lasting form. What people should take with them, and what they should not take with them; where and how they should locate themselves; what dangers and impositions they have to guard against; and what they are, and are not to expect in the most important particulars,—these are the points that every one is anxious to obtain information upon, and which it shall be the object of this little volume to endeavour to supply.
But there is a second, and still more serious object in this work. Political and other circumstances have brought us, of late years, into a close connexion with Germany. The Queen's marriage preeminently has promoted this tendency. The literature, the music, the opera, the language, and the institutions of that country have become more or less fashionable. In education, particularly, we have shewn à disposition to admire and adopt