to transmit to future ages a truly worthy example of
patriotism, conduct, boldness of enterprise, insuperable perseverance, and contempt of danger and death,’ they reared a marble monument ‘to the glory of Richard Montgomery
In the British parliament, the great defenders of liberty vied with each other in his praise.
, his veteran fellow-soldier in the late war, wept profusely as he expatiated on their fast friendship and participation of service in that season of enterprise and glory, and holding up the British
commanders in review, pronounced a glowing tribute to his superior merits.
contrasted the condition of the eight thousand men, starved, disgraced, and shut up within the single town of Boston
, with the movements of the hero who in one campaign had conquered two thirds of Canada
‘I,’ replied North
, ‘cannot join in lamenting the death of Montgomery
as a public loss.
He was brave, he was able, he was humane, he was generous; but still he was only a brave, able, humane, and generous rebel.
Curse on his virtues, they've undone his country.’
‘The term of rebel,’ retorted Fox
, ‘is no certain mark of disgrace.
All the great assertors of liberty, the saviors of their country, the benefactors of mankind in all ages, have been called rebels.
We owe the constitution which enables us to sit in this house to a rebellion.’
So passed away the spirit of Montgomery
, with the love of all that knew him, the grief of the nascent republic, and the eulogies of the world.