trious men, whose lives and recorded words now rise in judgment.
There was John Adams, the Vice-President—great vindicator and final negotiator of our national independence—whose soul, flaming with freedom, broke forth in the early declaration, that Consenting to Slavery is a sacrilegious breach of trust, and whose immitigable hostility to this wrong has been made immortal in his descendants.
There also was a companion in arms, and attached friend of incomparable genius, the yet youthful Hamilton, who, as a member of the Abolition Society of New York, had only recently united in a solemn petition for those who, though free by the laws of God, are held in Slavery by the laws of the State.
There, too, was a noble spirit, the ornament of his country, the exemplar of truth and virtue, who, like the sun, ever held an unerring course, John Jay. Filling the important post of Minister of Foreign Affairs under the Confederation, he found time to organize the Abolition Society of New York, a