On the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Daniel O'Connell
, August 6, 1875, a celebration was held in Music Hall, Boston
was the orator of the occasion.
No subject could have been more congenial, for no statesman of his own day had more deeply impressed Mr. Phillips
, and the name of the Irish agitator was often on the American
The oration was often repeated, and takes rank with the orator's masterpieces.
A hundred years ago to-day Daniel O'Connell
The Irish race, wherever scattered over the globe, assembles to-night to pay fitting tribute to his memory,--one of the most eloquent men, one of the most devoted patriots, and the most successful statesman which that race has given to history.
We of other races may well join you in that tribute, since the cause of constitutional government owes more to O'Connell
than to any other political leader of the last two centuries. The English-speaking race, to find his equal among its statesmen, must pass by Chatham
, and go back to Oliver Cromwell
, or the able men who held up the throne of Queen Elizabeth.
If to put the civil and social elements of your day into successful action, and plant the seeds of continued strength and progress for coming times,--if this is to be a statesman, then most emphatically was O'Connell
To exert this control, and secure this progress, while and because ample means lie ready for use under your hand, does not rob Walpole