Fluent, earnest, rapid, sharp, incisive, his words came forth like a flashing cimeter.
Few could stand against him. He always understood his subject; and then, clear, logical, and determined, seeing his point before him, pressed forward with unrelenting power.”
To the complaint of some of his supporters, that he too long delayed the discussion of the mighty question of the day, he replied, that his time was occupied in making himself acquainted with the business coming before the Senate; but at the proper moment he should not fail to fulfil his duty as a representative of the anti-slavery sentiment of the nation.
That moment on the twenty-sixth day of August came.
By adroitly introducing an amendment that the Fugitive-Slave Bill
should be repealed, on Mr. Hunter
's amendment to the Civil and Diplomatic Appropriation Bill, then under consideration, he at length succeeded in gaining the unwilling ear of the Senate.
Taking for his theme, “Freedom national, and slavery sectional,” he went into the question with gigantic force, unfolding the principles of liberty as if the whole heart of the North
were throbbing in his breast alone, and nerving his arm to bring the great “Northern hammer” down with terrific blows upon the iniquitous institution of the South