different spheres; earnest men, men whom public admiration lifted early into power.
I shall venture to name some of them.
Perhaps you will say it is not usual on an occasion like this; but long-waiting truth needs to be uttered in an hour when this great example is still absolutely indispensable to inspire the effort, to guide the steps, to cheer the hope, of the nation not yet arrived in the promised land.
I want to show you the vast breadth and depth that this man's name signifies.
We have had Webster
in the Senate; we have had Lyman Beecher
in the pulpit; we have had Calhoun
at the head of a section; we have had a philosopher at Concord
with his inspiration penetrating the young mind of the Northern States
They are the four men that history, perhaps, will mention somewhere near the great force whose closing in this scene we commemorate to-day.
Remember now not merely the inadequate means at this man's control, not simply the bitter hate that he confronted, not the vast work that he must be allowed to have done,--surely vast, when measured by the opposition he encountered and the strength he held in his hands,--but dismissing all those considerations, measuring nothing but the breadth and depth of his hold, his grasp on American character, social change, and general progress, what man's signet has been set so deep, so planted forever on the thoughts of his epoch?
Trace home intelligently, trace home to their sources, the changes social, political, intellectual, and religious, that have come over us during the last fifty years,--the volcanic convulsions, the stormy waves which have tossed and rocked our generation,--and you will find close at the sources of the Mississippi
this boy with his proclamation!
The great party that put on record the statute of freedom was made up of men whose conscience he quickened and whose intellect he inspired, and they long stood the