laws, and to join in ridding the land of the fetter and the chain.
Yes; it is the fetter and the chain, the unspeakable blessings of slavery, for whose sake reason is to be hoodwinked, and eloquence to be gagged!
The fetter and the chain, which, on the other side of the ocean, trade has worn away by the beneficent action of her waters, or Christianity melted in the fervor of her indignant rebuke!
These, in Mr. Clay
's opinion, it is our appropriate work to forge anew!
We have not so read the scroll of our country's destiny.
To the anointed eye, the planting of this continent is the exodus of the race out of the bondage of old and corrupt institutions.
The serene and beautiful spirit that leads it, laughs with pitying scorn at the efforts of the mightiest Pharaoh
to stay this constant and gradual advance of humanity.
Every blow falls on the head of the assailants,--they consume nothing but themselves.
Put the Union
into one scale and free speech into the other; it needs no ghost to tell which will kick the beam.
It was the love of free thought and free speech, burning in this same Saxon
blood of ours, that, two hundred years ago, translated the Bible
out of dead tongues into living speech.
That work cost the upsetting of one or two kingdoms, and the downfall of a great church.
Here and now the same love of freedom and the same Saxon
blood are engaged in translating liberty out of dead professions into living practice.
It will be no matter of surprise, if so great a work cost a Union or two; but what is that to us?
See thou, creature of Union, knowing no “higher law” than the parchment of 1789, to that!
No man of full age and sound mind really believes that any thing can be maintained in this country which requires for its existence the stifling of free discussion.
This Yankee right to ask all sorts of questions, on all