pain, waiting to bequeath, like the testator of the dramatist,
A fame by scandal untouchedHe can well afford to wait, and the issue of the present question before our legislature is of far less consequence to him than to us. To use the words of one who stood by him in the dark days of the Fugitive Slave Law, the Chief Justice of the United States,—‘Time and the wiser thought will vindicate the illustrious statesman to whom Massachusetts, the country, and humanity owe so much, but the state can ill afford the damage to its own reputation which such a censure of such a man will inflict.’
To Memory and Time's old daughter Truth.
Amesbury, 3d month, 8, 1873.