is felt wherever English is spoken.
We may have declared political independence, but while we speak our mother-tongue, the sceptre of intellect can never depart from Judah
,--the mind of America must ever be, to a great extent, the vassal of England
Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere,
and whoever hangs with rapture over Shakspeare
, kindles with Sidney and Milton
, or prays in the idiom of the English Bible
legislates for him. [Cheers.] When, therefore, Great Britain
abolished slavery in the West Indies
, she settled the policy of every land which the Saxon
race rules; for all such, the question is now only one of time.
Every word, therefore, that our friend has spoken for the slave at home, instead of losing power has gained it from the position he occupied, since he was pouring the waters of life into the very fountainhead of our literature.
Neither have his labors in behalf of other reforms been so much lost to the slave.
The cause of tyrants is one the world over [cheers], and the cause of resistance to tyranny is one also.
[Cheers.] Whoever, anywhere, loves truth and hates error, frowns on injustice and holds out his hand to the oppressed, that man helps the slave.
An Hungarian triumph lightens the chains of Carolina
; and an infamous vote in the United States Senate adds darkness to the dungeon where German patriots lie entombed.
[Cheers.] All oppressions under the sun are linked together, and each feels the Devil
's pulse keep time in it to the life-blood of every other.
Of this brotherhood, it matters not what member you assail, since-
Whichever link you strike,
Tenth or ten thousandth, breaks the chain alike.
The cause of reform, too, is one,--“distinct like the billows, but one like the sea.”
It matters not, therefore,