, Sir it. Vane
, and Samuel Adams
, with Henry
, and Franklin
These great men, and some of them eminently good men, stood connected with a numerous class of highly influential men, though inferior in position, and all together may be regarded as embodying and controlling public opinion in their day. Some of them were preeminently distinguished for their patriotic devotion to the rights of humanity.
Many others were men of wide views on all subjects, and of broad and expansive feelings of benevolence, and indeed of the soundest piety.
Add to all this, many of them are to this day without a peer in intellectual distinctions, if indeed the same may not be said of their attainments in literature and science.
The age of Barrow
, and of Locke
, and Newton
, in philosophy, and of Washington
, in patriotism, public benevolence, common sense, and general learning, still stands on the pages of history without a rival.
But these men, and their numerous compeers and co-laborers, were no better than a hoard of mountain robbers!
They coolly coincided with each other, without formal concert or convention, but by the common attraction of their natural affinity for power and plunder, to murder, rob, and enslave thousands of their innocent and defenceless fellow-creatures — the helpless victims of