utterance, and presents himself before us thus cheaply bought and gagged!
His parallel of the non-intervention of States is not a just one.
No one asks England
to interfere with our slave question.
But, on the other hand, she pronounces no opinion on our government in general; she does not expend herself in glowing, unqualified, and indiscriminate eulogy of our institutions, or strengthen the hands of their friends by holding them up to the world as the first hope of redemption to oppressed nations, and the fairest model of republican perfection.
The same is true of Kossuth
While at home, all the world asked of him was to stand in his lot, and do gallant battle for his land and people.
When he comes here, and gives the listening world his judgment of our institutions,--mingling himself thus, whether he will or no
, with our great national struggle,--he owes it to truth, to liberty, and the slave, that such judgment should be a true, discriminating, and honest one.
If the opinion he has pronounced be his honest judgment, what will men say of that heart whose halting sympathies allowed him to overlook a system of oppression which Wesley called the “vilest the sun ever saw,” and which made Jefferson
“tremble for his country, when he remembered that God was just” ? If it be not his honest judgment, but only fawning words, uttered to gain an end, what will men say of the Jesuit
who thought he owed it to Hungary
to serve her, or, indeed, imagined that he could serve her, by lips that clung not to the truth?
's ransom was weighing out, the insolent conqueror flung his sword into the scale against it. So at the moment when the fate of the slave hangs trembling in the balance, and all he has wherewith to weigh down the brute strength of his oppressor is the sympathy of good men and the indignant protest of the world, Kossuth