evaded any expression of opinion on the propriety or necessity of the late Fugitive Slave Bill, another homage of vice to virtue.
He also admitted the slave clause of the Constitution
to be immoral.
His only argument to justify our fathers in admitting it was, they were afraid to do otherwise
; feared poverty, England
, anarchy, and all sorts of ills.
The Sultan might well have pleaded, in the face of Mr. Webster
's recent eloquence, that fear of dethronement, anarchy, Russia
, and a thousand ills, justified him in surrendering Kossuth
Would the world, would humanity, would even Mr. Webster
, have said Amen
to such a plea from his mouth?
There may be times when States should say with the great Roman
, “It is necessary to go
; it is not necessary to live
Perhaps Mr. Curtis
may yet find this to be one of those occasions.
One thing we know, the great senator told the Sultan that if Kossuth
were given up, he could not tell how or when, but verily, Turkey
would somehow have to “look out for the consequences.”
“I thank thee, Jew, for teaching me that word.”
Once on a time Emperor Georgia sent after our William and Ellen Kossuth
; the Webster Whigs
argued for their surrender; and Heaven has graciously permitted us to live and see both how
they had to “look out for the consequences.”
[Laughter and cheers.]
defended the right of Massachusetts
to surrender the fugitive slave, on the ground that every sovereign State had authority to exclude foreigners front its soil.
“Exclude foreigners from the soil” ! How delicate a phrase!
What a “commodity of good names” this trouble of ours has coined!
“Service and labor” was the Constitutional veil to hide the ugly face of slavery.
Then, “Peculiar institution” ! “Patriarchal institution” !! “Domestic institution” !!! And now, “excluding foreigners from our soil” !!!! “Truly, the ”