r or principle, that two angry parties, each hopeless of success, contemptuously tolerate them as neutrals.
Now I am not exaggerating the moment.
I can parallel it entirely.
It is the same position that England held in the times of Eldon and Fox, when Holcroft and Montgomery, the poet, Horne Tooke and Frost and Hardy, went into dungeons, under laws which Pitt executed and Burke praised,--times when Fox said he despaired of English liberty but for the power of insurrection,--times which Sidney Smith said he remembered, when no man was entitled to an opinion who had not £ 8,000 a year.
Why! there is no right — do I exaggerate when I say that there is no single right?-which government is scrupulous and finds itself able to protect, except the pretended right of a man to his slaves!
Every other right has fallen now before the necessities of the hour.
Understand me, I do not complain of this state of things; but it is momentous.
I only ask you, that out of this peril you be sure to