JOHN LOTEROP MOTLEY - The position of Motley in the world of
letters is unique. He was the first American historian to tell the
story of a foreign country with such fullness of research, with
such scholmly ability, and with such wide general acceptance, that
his work at once became a classic. Prescot Ticknor, and Irving had
indeed preceded him, and with the supposcd advantage of writing
upon more rctmantia and fascinating subjects, because dealing with
tlro older and southern Europe. Yet MotIey showed that not only
could the glory of romance enhalo even a little northern country
mapped in fog and cloud, but that the actual facts when set in
sober narrative made the story more wonderfnl than that of Spain,
while vastly more morally beitntiful and more helpful to the lover
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