of government,--I have placed him in the midst of a people with every eye fixed upon him to note his course and learn his opinion; I have shown that he is not ignorant of this his critical position.
What has he done?
No man expected that he should come into this hall; that he should go into Antislavery meetings; that he should take ground against the Fugitive Slave Bill
No. But you remember when Alexander
went to see Diogenes
, and asked what he could do for him, the reply of the cynic was, “Stand out of my light!”
Now the slave had at least the right to say to Kossuth
, “Stand out of my light!”
Let the glowing sun of the humanity of the nineteenth century strike full upon me. Let the light and heat of those generous ideas with which God has inspired some of the white race, fall upon me, to melt these chains of mine; and let not your lavish praise be the spell that shall lull to sleep the half-awakened conscience of a people who have just begun to attend to the neglected, and to remember the forgotten.
Throw not the weight of your great name into the scale of those, my enemies, who glory in a national prosperity fed out of my veins, and worship a Union cemented with my blood.
Take his speeches.
Do they differ from those of the most pro-slavery American?
Does he qualify his eulogy, does he limit his praise?
Has he a word of sympathy for the oppressed,--a hint, even, at any blot on our national escutcheon?
Could he have spoken without taking a side, unless he had used the most guarded and qualified language?
Take his speeches relating to the Constitution of the United States
Place them side by side with the speeches of Daniel Webster and Rufus Choate
, with those of any of the men recognized as supporters of this Union for its very quality of being an added ligament to hold the slave to his master.