Every lover of peace, every one who hates bloodshed, must rejoice that it is in the power of Northern opinion to say to slavery, cease,--and it ceases; that the Northern Church can break every yoke and bid the oppressed go free, at her pleasure.
I trust in that love of liberty which every Irishman brings to the country of his adoption, to make him true to her cause at the ballot-box, till he throws no vote without asking if the hand to which he is about to trust political power will use it for the slave.
When an American was introduced to O'Connell
in the lobby of the House of Commons, he asked, without putting out his hand, “Are you from the South
“A slave-holder, I presume?”
“Then,” said the great liberator, “I have no hand for you!”
and stalked away.
Shall his countrymen trust that hand with political power which O'Connell
deemed it pollution to touch?
We remember, Mr. Chairman
, that when a jealous disposition tore from the walls of the city hall of Dublin
the picture of Henry Grattan
, the act did but endear him the more to Ireland
The slavocracy of our land thinks to expel that “old man eloquent,” with the dignity of seventy winters on his brow [pointing to the picture of John Quincy Adams
], from the halls of Congress.
They will find him only the more lastingly fixed in the hearts of his countrymen.
[Tremendous and continued cheers.]
, we stand in the presence of at least the name of Father Mathew
; we remember the millions who pledge themselves to temperance from his lips.
I hope his countrymen will join me in pledging here eternal hostility to slavery.
Will you ever return to his master the slave who once sets foot on the soil of Massachusetts
[No, no, no!! Will you ever raise to office