Within the last few years two other adjectives, it may be mentioned, have been added to the very limited vocabulary of art- abuse that is at the disposal of the public.
An unhealthy work of art, on the other hand, is a work whose style is obvious, old- fashioned, and common, and whose subject is deliberately chosen, not because the artist has any pleasure in it, but because he thinks that the public will pay him for it.
I need hardly say that I am not, for a single moment, complaining that the public and the public press misuse these words.
Indeed, there is much more to be said in favour of the physical force of the public than there is in favour of the public's opinion.
The fact is, that the public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.
We will presume, for argument's sake, that the revenue arising from the impost duties answers the purposes of a provision for the public
debt and of a peace establishment for the Union.
When a majority is included in a faction, the form of popular government, on the other hand, enables it to sacrifice to its ruling passion or interest both the public good and the rights of other citizens.
The effect of the first difference is, on the one hand, to refine and enlarge the public views, by passing them through the medium of a chosen body of citizens, whose wisdom may best discern the true interest of their country, and whose patriotism and love of justice will be least likely to sacrifice it to temporary or partial considerations.
The following are a few specimens of the advertisements in the public papers.
Will they say of any tale of cruelty and horror, however aggravated in degree, that it is improbable, when they can turn to the public prints, and, running, read such signs as these, laid before them by the men who rule the slaves: in their own acts and under their own hands?
My fellow-captives soon discovered that I was studying their personal peculiarities for my own advantage and for the public amusement.
The first thing in the morning I sent a polite note to Gentleman Jones, informing him that I had abandoned all idea of exhibiting his likeness to the public in my series of prints, and giving him full permission to inspect every design I made before it went out of the prison.