says, “See how triumphant in debate and notion O'Connell
Why? Because he asserts a broad principle, acts up to it, rests his body on it, and has faith in it.”
Coworker with Father Mathew
; champion of the dissenters; advocating the substantial principles of the Charter
, though not a Chartist; foe of the corn-laws; battling against slavery, whether in India
or the Carolinas; the great democrat who in Europe
seventy years ago called the people to his side; starting a movement of the people, for the people, by the people,--show me another record as broad and brave as this in the European
history of our century.
Where is the English
statesman, where the Irish leader, who can claim one?
No wonder every Englishman hated and feared him!
He wounded their prejudices at every point.
Whig and Tory, timid Liberal, narrow Dissenter, bitter Radical,all feared and hated this broad brave soul, who dared to follow Truth wherever he saw her, whose toleration was as broad as human nature, and his sympathy as boundless as the sea.
To show you that he never took a leaf from our American gospel of compromise; that he never filed his tongue to silence on one truth, fancying so to help another; that he never sacrificed any race to save even Ireland
,--let me compare him with Kossuth
, whose only merits were his eloquence and his patriotism.
was in Faneuil Hall, he exclaimed, “Here is a flag without a stain, a nation without a crime!”
We Abolitionists appealed to him, “O eloquent son of the Magyar, come to break chains!
have you no word, no pulse-beat, for four millions of negroes bending under a yoke ten times heavier than that of Hungary
He answered, “I would forget anybody, I would praise anything, to help Hungary