men in whose persons this right had been invaded.
No interest of his or of his friends had been touched.
Against our efforts he had all along protested; but, statesman-like, he saw the end from the beginning.
When rights were invaded, he was willing to side with any who rallied to protect them.
How much truer to the name he bore than many others who stood higher in our esteem, and were dearer to us, than himself!
We hail him as the champion of free principles.
We accord to him the high merit of a pure attachment to civil liberty which would not permit her to be attacked, even when she appeared in the garb of a party which it was his interest, and he felt it to be his duty, to oppose; of a clear-sighted, far-reaching wisdom, which discovered the first approach of corruption and snuffed oppression in the tainted breeze; of a noble disregard to party lines, when to have adhered to them would have compromised the fundamental principles of our government.
The supineness of the North
under the act of Southern aggression, and still more, the indifference with which Calhoun
's bill was generally received, are the strongest arguments we can offer to our fellow-citizens to induce them to look at this subject.
Why, such a proposition on any other occasion would have set the whole country in a blaze!
It would have sent an electric shock through the land, and called forth from its slumbering retreats all the spirit of olden time.
What is it that thus palsies our strength and blinds our foresight?
We have become so familiar with slavery that we are no longer aware of its deadening influence on the body politic.
's words have become true: “The stream of general liberty cannot flow on unpolluted through the mire of partial bondage.”
And this is the reason we render to those who ask us why we are contending