His labors to effect the peaceable deliverance of his own oppressed countrymen, and to open to the nations of Europe
a new and purer and holier pathway to freedom unstained with blood and unmoistened by tears, and his mighty instrumentality in the abolition of British colonial slavery, have left their impress upon the age. They will be remembered and felt beneficially long after the miserable slanders of Tory envy and malignity at home, and the clamors of slaveholders abroad, detected in their guilt, and writhing in the gaze of Christendom, shall have perished fore'ver,—when the Clays and Calhouns, the Peels and Wellingtons, the opponents of reform in Great Britain
and the enemies of slave emancipation in the United States
, shall be numbered with those who in all ages, to use the words of the eloquent Lamartine
, have ‘sinned against the Holy Ghost
in opposing the improvement of things,—in an egotistical and stupid attempt to draw back the moral and social world which God and nature are urging forward.’
The character and services of O'Connell
have never been fully appreciated in this country.
Engrossed in our own peculiar interests, and in the plenitude of our self-esteem; believing that ‘we are the people, and that wisdom will perish with us,’ that all patriotism and liberality of feeling are confined to our own territory, we have not followed the untitled Barrister of Derrynane Abbey
, step by step, through the development of one of the noblest experiments ever made for the cause of liberty and the welfare of man.