That affair, in its philosophy, corresponds with the many attempts, related in history, at the assassination of kings and emperors.
An enthusiast broods over the oppression of a people till he fancies himself commissioned by Heaven to liberate them.
He ventures the attempt, which ends in little else than his own execution.
Orsini's attempt on Louis Napoleon and John Brown's attempt at Harper's Ferry were, in their philosophy, precisely the same.
The eagerness to cast blame on old England in the one case and on New England in the other, does not disprove the sameness of the two things.
And how much would it avail you, if you could, by the use of John Brown, Helper's Book, and the like, break up the Republican organization?
Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed.
There is a judgment and a feeling against slavery in this nation which cast at least a million and a half of votes.
You cannot destroy that judgment and feeling—that sen