The blood which has cleared the forest, tortured the earth of its secrets, made the ocean its vassal, and subjected every other race it has met, will never volunteer its own industry to forge gags for its own lips.
You, therefore, who look forward to slavery and peace, make ready to sweep clean the continent, and see that Webster
, Foot, and Dickinson
be the Shem, Ham
, and Japlet of the Ark
you shall prepare.
[Cheers.] The Carpathian Mountains
may serve to shelter tyrants; the slope of Germany
may bear up a race more familiar with the Greek text than the Greek phalanx; the wave of Russian
rule may sweep so far westward, for aught I know, as to fill with miniature tyrants again the robber castles of the Rhine
,--but this I do know: God has piled our Rocky Mountains
as ramparts for freedom; He has scooped the valley of the Mississippi
as the cradle of free States, and poured Niagara
as the anthem of free men. [Loud cheers.]