Speech delivered at the Antislavery Bazaar
, Saturday evening, December 27, 1851.
I have been requested to consider this evening, the position which Kossuth
occupies in relation to the Antislavery cause in America
I need not say to those who have traced the course of this illustrious man, that it must be with the profoundest regret that any one who loves liberty can utter the first word of criticism in regard to him. His life has been, up to the time of his landing on our shores, one continued sacrifice on the altar of his country's independence.
He has never forgotten her. He gave her the bloom of his youth.
He has given her the first fruits of his genius.
He has been true to her amid the temptations of ambitious life.
He has been her martyr in the horrible dungeons of the despots of Europe
He stood by her equally under temptations of success.
His name has become synonymous with patriotism and devotion to the rights of his race.
He came to us heralded by the sympathies of every one who had a heart either for the sufferers by the oppressions of Europe
, or for those who lie under the weight of the far greater oppressions of our own country.
Not only this, but he came to us indebted to the government of the United States
Words of gratitude from his lips were both natural and fitting.
I-T could not do otherwise than be grateful.
He had a right to pour out, with