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[352] there was still ringing in his ears the toast offered by Judge Kane at the Philadelphia Banquet—‘The Cause1 of Freedom throughout the World.—Its enemies are the same everywhere, and why should not its allies be the same?’2

Judge Kane, it is true, spoke only in a Pickwickian sense. He had just done his best to convict Castner3 Hanway of treason in connection with a fugitive-slave case in which the enemies of freedom were shot down by the lovers of it—though not by this Quaker defendant.4 But Kossuth's utterances, proceeding from a narrow and selfish patriotism, were equally Pickwickian, and he was now moving naturally in a world of burlesque and opera bouffe, with only occasional glimpses of sober reality. He came to America asking intervention on behalf of—nonintervention; and he referred to the pro-slavery invasion and spoliation of a neighboring State as “the glorious struggle you had not long ago with Mexico, in which General Scott drove the President of the Republic from his capital.” Lib. 22.2. Introduced in Washington, by Webster, to Fillmore—fathers of the law sanctioning the grossest intervention of the South against the liberties of the North —he is told by the President that his mission is hopeless,5 that intervention is opposed to the national policy, though

1 Lib. 22.14.

2 A commentary on the same text had been furnished by the experience of Mme. Theresa Pulszky, the highly cultivated wife of Francis Pulszky of Kossuth's suite (his quondam Minister of Foreign Affairs). She, having on Christmas Day, 1851, paid a delightful visit in Philadelphia to Mrs. Mott, expressed admiration of her to some gentlemen, one of whom exclaimed: ‘You do not mean to say that you have called on that lady?’ Why not? asked Mme. Pulszky, adding that she regretted her inability to repeat the visit. ‘But she is a furious abolitionist. It will do great harm to Governor Kossuth if you associate with that party.’ ‘But,’ persisted Mme. Pulszky, ‘if any friend of Governor Kossuth—even if he himself—converses with a person who has strong opinions against slavery, what harm can there be in that?’ ‘ “Your cause will then lose many friends in this city,” was the answer’ (Pulszky's “White, Red, and Black: Sketches of American Society in the U. S.,” 1.154-157; Lib. 23.40). This was what ‘non-interference’ and ‘neutrality’ signified under the rule of slavery. Kossuth had brought from England letters of introduction to the Motts, but declined their invitation to dinner, though he called upon them ( “James and Lucretia Mott,” pp. 333-337).

3 Lib. 22.6, 14; Pamphlet Report of the Trial of C. Hanway.

4 Ante, p. 325.

5 Lib. 22.6.

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