Irish sympathy with the abolition movement.
At a meeting in favor of the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia, held in Faneuil Hall, Boston
, Friday evening, January 28, 1842, the chairman presented an Irish address to the Irish residents of the United States
signed by Daniel O'Connell
, Father Mathew
, and sixty thousand other Irishmen, calling upon all Irish men in America
to espouse the Antislavery cause.
then offered the following resolutions, which after his advocacy were adopted by acclamation:--
, That we rejoice that the voice of O'Connell
, which now shakes the three kingdoms, has poured across the waters a thunderpeal for the cause of liberty in our own land; and that Father Mathew
, having lifted with one hand five millions of his own countrymen into moral life, has stretched forth the other — which may Heaven make equally potent — to smite off the fetters of the American
, That we receive with the deepest gratitude the names of the sixty thousand Irishmen who, in the trial-hour of their own struggle for liberty, have not forgotten the slave on this side the water; that we accept with triumphant exultation the address they have forwarded to us, and pledge ourselves to circulate it through the length and breadth of our land, till the pulse of every man who claims Irish parentage beats true to the claims of patriotism and humanity.
I hold in my hand, Mr. Chairman
, a resolution expressive of our thanks to the sixty thousand Irishmen who have sent us that token of their sympathy and interest, and specially to those high and gallant spirits who lead the noble list.
I must say that never have I