Then at last shall the Brotherhood of Man stand confessed, filling the souls of all with more generous life, prompting to deeds of beneficence, conquering the heathen prejudices of country, color, and race, guiding the judgment of the historian, animating the verse of the poet and the eloquence of the orator, ennobling human thought and conduct, and inspiring those good works by which alone we attain the summits of true glory.
Good works—such even now is the heavenly ladder on which angels are ascending and descending, while weary Humanity, on pillows of stone, slumbers heavily at its feet.
Prof. William S. Tyler
wrote, in 1886, of Sumner
's visit to Amherst
Having heard the fame of the young Boston orator, the people came together with great expectations; and they were not disappointed.
Mr. Sumner's stately eloquence and his lofty moral and political sentiments were greatly admired, and called for the rounds of applause such as were not often given by Amherst audiences.
The evening after the delivery of the oration he spent at my house, and his private conversation was as fascinating as his public eloquence.
This visit to Amherst left an unusually deep impression.
The orator and the college had from that day a heartfelt mutual liking.
In 1850 he gave me his cordial co-operation in my effort to raise money in Boston for our library building, and himself made a valuable donation of books to its shelves.1
Prof. T. C. Upham
, holding the chair of mental and moral philosophy at Bowdoin College, wrote, Jan. 18, 1848:—
It is the sentiment, the moral doctrine of the work, still more than its literary execution, which increases the claim, already established by your previous public efforts, to the approbation and the gratitude of the friends of truth and humanity.
In my apprehension, you are doing a work which will last, because it is true.
The truth can never die; and if beauty, as well as truth, is immortal, as I believe it is, your orations, as it seems to me, have a twofold pledge of perpetuity.
delivered, July 25, 1848, an oration at Union College, Schenectady, N. Y.
, on ‘The Law of Human Progress.’2
His theme, as he treated it, had an obvious relation to the agitations of the period.
He sought to encourage reformers with the hope of ultimate success, and to break the force of the conservatism which then stood in the way of the movements against