at that very moment the expedition to open Japan
by force to American commerce is being prepared by the Administration.1
He visits Henry Clay
, who likewise2
dashes his hopes, and consoles him with the death-bed assurance of having been all his life devoted to freedom—in the Pickwickian (or shall we say Hungarian? ) sense.
Amid all the interchange of wind and hollow rhetoric at Washington
—the receptions in both branches of Congress, the banquets, public and private—one thing Kossuth
saw: the greatest opposition to him came from the dominant South
which he had humbled himself to placate—which neither wanted his ‘glittering generalities’ of freedom to ring through its borders, nor courted a European war with a chance of a slave insurrection.
When this melancholy truth dawned upon him, he flattered himself that his actual presence would disarm prejudice, and arranged for a journey down the Mississippi
Proceeding by way of Annapolis
, and Pittsburg
, he was engaged in canvassing Ohio
during the month of February, 1852, when Mr. Garrison
launched against him (in part) in the Liberator
, and directly (in full) in pamphlet3
form, a Letter which fixed the attention of the American
press, and which no biographer or admirer of Kossuth
This document, put forth in the name and with the sanction of the American Anti-Slavery Society, was drafted and compiled by its President
; and it and the “Thoughts on5
Colonization” constitute what may properly be called the ‘Works of Garrison
,’ as distinguished from his journalistic writings or the two collections of his prose and verse.
To analyze it here is unnecessary.
It traced soberly and severely Kossuth
's fall; offset his sickening encomium of American freedom with parallel columns of slaveholding