name, and the great martyr for personal liberty can find no occasion but for eulogy!
He came to a land, of the fundamental arrangement of whose government John Quincy Adams
says: “It is not in the compass of human imagination to devise a more perfect exemplification of the art of committing the lamb to the custody of the wolf,” and to “call whose government a democracy would be to insult the understanding of mankind,” and the apostle of civil liberty sees only a “glorious republic, . . great, glorious, and free, . . . the pillar of freedom;” and all he prays for his own country is, that “she may be as free and as happy in the establishment of the same great principle” !!
He comes to a land where, according to the same indisputable authority, “a knot of slave-holders give the law and prescribe the policy of the country
;” and the indignant foe of Austrian
rule, “his eyes sharpened by a tempest-tossed life,” finds no occasion but for eulogy!
He comes to a land where, says the same venerable statesman, “the preservation, propagation, and perpetuation of slavery is the vital and animating spirit of the National Government
,” and where, since 1780, “slavery, slave-holding, slave-breeding, and slave-trading have formed the whole foundation of the policy of the Federal Government
;” and “the sharpened eyes” of the European
patriot, whose baptism of liberty was in the damps of an Austrian dungeon, sees only “a glorious country, . . . great, glorious, and free; . . . a glorious republic;” her “glorious flag the proud ensign of man's divine origin;” “the asylum of oppressed humanity ;” her welcome “the trumpet of resurrection for down-trodden humanity throughout the world;” her language “the language of liberty, and therefore the language of the people of the United States
His confidence of ultimate success springs from the thought that “there is a God ”