them the man whose career, fairly examined, exhibits fewer miscalculations and fewer mistakes than this career which is just ended.
I know what I claim.
As Mr. Weld
has said, I am speaking to-day to men who judge by their ears, by rumors; who see, not with their eyes, but with their prejudices.
History, fifty years hence, dispelling your prejudices, will do justice to the grand sweep of the orbit which, as my friend said, to-day we are hardly in a position, or mood, to measure.
avers, “The truth-haters of to-morrow will give the right name to the truth-haters of to-day, for even such men the stream of time bears onward.”
I do not fear that if my words are remembered by the next generation they will be thought unsupported or extravagant.
When history seeks the sources of New England
character, when men begin to open up and examine the hidden springs and note the convulsions and the throes of American life within the last half century, they will remember Parker
, that Jupiter
of the pulpit; they will remember the long unheeded but measureless influence that came to us from the seclusion of Concord
; they will do justice to the masterly statesmanship which guided, during a part of his life, the efforts of Webster
,--but they will recognize that there was only one man north of Mason
's line who met squarely, with an absolute logic, the else impregnable position of John C. Calhoun
; only one brave, far-sighted, keen, logical intellect which discerned that there were only two moral points in the universe, right and wrong
, that when one was asserted, subterfuge and evasion would be sure to end in defeat.
Here lie the brain and the heart; here lies the statesman-like intellect, logical as Jonathan Edwards
, brave as Luther, which confronted the logic of South Carolina
with an assertion direct and broad enough to