in heaven and a people like the Americans
He makes haste to declare how easy it is to read the heart of this slave-holding, slave-breeding, and slave-trading people, because “it is open like Nature and unpolluted like a virgin's heart;” that others may “shut their ears to the cry of oppressed humanity, because they regard duties but through the glass of petty interests
” ! But this slave-holding and slave-trading people “has that instinct of justice and generosity which is the stamp of mankind's heavenly origin; knows that it has the power to restore the law of nations to the principles of justice and right; and is willing to be as good as its power is great” !!! Does the great statesman-like heart of Kossuth
believe all this?
If he does not, is the most devoted lover of liberty ever bound to lay on her altar the sacrifice of hypocrisy?
Or was any cause ever yet strengthened by lips that belied the heart?
In his last speech at Philadelphia
, he goes, for the first time, further, explains his plan, and pledges himself distinctly to silence.
There are two words which one would think Kossuth
had never conquered, even in his marvellous mastery of the English
tongue,--“slavery” and “slave-holding;” and even here, while necessarily alluding to them, he cannot frame his lips to speak their syllables.
Some one had forged the following letter to him, warning him of his nearness to the slave-holding States:--