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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 6. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Old portraits and modern Sketches (search)
it rolls off over the hills, and settles down behind them to the very centre, and you can feel the old earth jar under your feet! There was no oratory in the speech of the Learned Blacksmith, in the ordinary sense of that word, no grace of elocution, but mighty thoughts radiating off from his heated mind, like sparks from the glowing steel of his own anvil. The hard hands of Irish labor, with nothing in them,—they ring like slabs of marble together, in response to the wild appeals of O'Connell, and the British stand conquered before them, with shouldered arms. Ireland is on her feet, with nothing in her hands, impregnable, unassailable, in utter defenselessness,—the first time that ever a nation sprung to its feet unarmed. The veterans of England behold them, and forbear to fire. They see no mark. It will not do to fire upon men; it will do only to fire upon soldiers. They are the proper mark of the murderous gun, but men cannot be shot. It is coming to that [abolition o
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 6. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Historical papers (search)
ay it has succeeded? Who feels contempt for O'Connell? Surely not the slaveholder? From Henry Cl best and noblest champion. But who is Daniel O'Connell? A demagogue —a ruffian agitator! say tng forward. The character and services of O'Connell have never been fully appreciated in this cofounder and father of political unions is Daniel O'Connell. Both of these remarkable events, these ns he was excluded from the grand juries. O'Connell commenced his labors for emancipation with tssage of the bill for Catholic emancipation, O'Connell took his seat in the British Parliament. Thy interested has received a greater share of O'Connell's attention than that of the abolition of cof the people; and with no little justice has O'Connell himself termed it an act to restore to powerd legal means. Through all the stages of O'Connell's political career, he has never failed to al teach their children to repeat the name of O'Connell with that of Wilberforce and Clarkson. And [25 more...]