me, and inheritance of no particular people, of no nation, clime, kindred, or color under heaven.
(Great applause.) This cause is the cause of constitutional liberty, and the rights of universal humanity.
(Applause.) I am no prophet and no prophet's son; I dare not attempt to cast a horoscope of the future, but I believe in the abiding providence of Almighty God.
I know — if aught that tests our human belief, or even human consciousness, can be spoken of as knowledge — that He who guided Columbus over the seas, He who led our fathers to the New England shores, He who preserved them from the dangers of the seas, and the dangers of the wilderness, and the dangers of savage tribes, He who planted the acorn of the great tree of liberty on the unhospitable shore of Plymouth, and has watered it and blessed it, and has led us up till now to the storms of battle, through all the trials that opposed a nation's childhood and youth, will never desert the faithful and tried in the graver and se