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 the desire here to link Bayard Taylor's grandest poem with this portion of our historic chain.1 That involuntary servitude should be abolished by the most despotic of nations, with the applause of the world, and the day of emancipation (March 3, 1863) be ushered in by chimes of gratitude and thanksgiving from every church-spire in the Russian Empire, while the great Republic of the world still bound the fetters upon four million slaves, will hereafter read strangely in history. But a wiser and broader statesmanship than ours guides the destinies of Russia.
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