The right of free speech Vindicated in Massachusetts.some noticeable extracts from the speech of Mr. Sennott, for the defence.
The discharge of the Gordons, who were arrested in Boston for treasonable language, was published yesterday. Their counsel was George Sennott, who, it will be remembered, defended Stevens and Haslitt, of the John Brown ‘"army,"’ at Charlestown, Va. His address in behalf of the Gordons contains the following noticeable extracts:
The right of free speech.I declare before God that, as I understand that right, I value it more than I do my life! And I call this whole country to withins if I have not before now proved the sincerity of this declaration by my actions! And the rights indicated at the hazard of my life before a tyrant, I will not give up, for the sake of to a Yankee sneak. Neither shall the Their case is . We are tried with And in defending them, we defend ourselves and our country from a gang compared with whom Col. Ledbetter is humane and Gen. Floyds respectable. Mr. Sumner was once the advocate of free speech. He claimed, to one of its martyrs, And in defence of consequence of it, he certainly was the visitor cowardly assault, inflicted with a ferocity and with a meekness unexampled in the cudgelling! He now changes his opinion, or cast his language. With that felicity of allusion belongs, among the public writers of American to him and to Gov. Andrew alone, he advises his friends to put their ‘"heels"’ upon those who in them, and who dare to speak given in a letter to the late war Is this prosecution mechanics, by a few small conspirators, of of an agreement between the principal Thugs at Washington, in order, if it is works well, to sacrifice more important victims to the Abolition Kalee? I do not know — I know that the gentlemen of the Republican party do not countenance it, and that it will fall here, because, to reach their political opponents, they must cut down their political and personal friends. If free speech is treason here, our excellent Governor would speedily be known as the late unlamented John A Andrew, for his speech is exceedingly free and easy — quite loose, as you may say. Then, what would become of Mr. Phillips? Does his speak in favor of the Government? Has he ever said anything in favor of any Government, except that of Bayti? Did he not lately advise a large and patriotic assembly not to give a man or a dollar to the Government of the United States? And did not that patriotic society applaud that liberal suggestion? Shall we prosecute Mr. Phillips, therefore? Not with my good will, Not without my active resistance. I should violate the very first principles of Democracy, which is greater to me than anything but the Word of God himself, if I did not fight for Mr. Phillips's right to talktreason to any fool who wants to hear him.
What was said of the Irish Troops on leaving Boston.When the regiment of the late Col. Cass went off, without an escort even of the Second Battalion, it was not actually hissed in State street, as was the Massachusetts regiment on its return from Mexico, but the agreeable remark was made and heard, that the departure of the Irish would be a great relief to our poor houses and jailed The Governor or his friends may say so about Col. Cass's countrymen — the Irish without committing treason, or even giving of fence. We are not accused of talking so badly, even about Mr. Andrew's countrymen — the negroes — yet are we prosecuted!
What Mr. Sennott Thinks of Secretary Seward.Have we arrived at such a state that no one must find fault with any action or omission of the Government or any member of it, without having treason imputed to him? Can not you, sir? Can not example, have the misfortune to think that Mr Seward, our present Secretary of State, is not fit as a statesman, to index the papers of the late Silas Wright. However little he may be affected by my thoughts, I do think his want of sense--sober sense--has made him the laughing stock of Europe! I think that he is a small ward and county politician, who writes like a sophomore and acts like a stock jobber. Every time he speaks about what will happen in sixty days, in ninety days! he puts me in mind of a curn-stone broker, chattering over the approaching maturity of a dubious note! I think such men have been advanced to important places in this country about as often as they will be, and cannot help rejoicing to think that Mr. Seward will probably be the last of the Lilliputians.
Mr. Sumner. I cannot admire a person who is so simple as to think it a finer thing to pretend to be a fanatic than to be a dud but honest men. There is a fine old German story, called ‘"The Adventures of Reynard the Fox,"’ in the illustrations of which animals of different countries are represented in the attitudes and with the expressions of men. The illustrations are very good, and from the well known fact that men often resemble certain animals in a most curious and unaccountable manner, their effect is highly standing. It is particularly so, if you happen by any chance to be reminded by them of any particular person. Now, must I suffer death if I say that I never looked at those pictures without thinking of Mr. Seward and of Mr. Sumner? and that I never hear the names of Mr. Seward or of Mr. Sumner without thinking of the picture of the Fox and of the picture of the Gander?