trampled as dust under his feet the blasphemy that obedience to the law of eternal justice is a principle to be acknowledged in theory only, because unsafe in practice.
He would, he said, enter into no compromise with slavery.
He cared not what cast or creed or color it might assume, whether personal or political, intellectual or spiritual; he was for its total, immediate abolition.
He was for justice,–justice in the name of humanity and according to the righteous law of the living God.
Ardently admiring our free institutions, and constantly pointing to our glorious political exaltation as an incentive to the perseverance of his own countrymen in their struggle against oppression, he has yet omitted no opportunity of rebuking our inexcusable slave system.
An enthusiastic admirer of Jefferson
, he has often regretted that his practice should have so fully accorded with his noble sentiments on the subject of slavery, which so fully coincided with his own. In truth, wherever man has been oppressed by his fellow-man, O'Connell
's sympathy has been directed: to Italy
, chained above the very grave of her ancient liberties; to the republics of Southern America
; to Greece
, dashing the foot of the indolent Ottoman from her neck; to France
; and last, not least, to Poland
, driven from her cherished nationality, and dragged, like his own Ireland
, bleeding and violated, to the deadly embrace of her oppressor.
American slavery but shares in his common denunciation of all tyranny; its victims but partake of his common pity for the oppressed and persecuted and the trodden down.