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CONCLUSION OF THE FOREGOING SPEECH.
SUCH, Sir, is the natural progress of human eperations, and such the unsubstantial mockery of human pride. But I should, perhaps, apologise for this digression. The tombs are at best a sad, although an ipstructive subject. At all events, they are ill suited to such an hour as this, I shall endeavour to atone for it, by turning to a theme which tombs cannot inurn, or revolution alter.
2. It is the custom of your board, and a noble one it is, to deck the cup of the gay with the garland of the great. Allow me to add one flower to the cbaplet, which though it sprang in America, is no exotic; virtue planted it, and it is naturalized every where.
3. I see you concur with me, that it matters very little what immediate spot may be the birth place of such a man as WASHINGTON. No people can claim, no country can appropriate him. The boon of Providence to the human race, his fame is eternity, and his residence creation.
4. Though it was the defeat of our arms, and the disgrace of our policy, I almost bless the convulsion in which he had his origin. In the production of WASHINGTON, it does really appear as if nature was endeavouring to improve upun herself, and that all the virtues of the ancient world were but so many studies preparatory to the patriot of the new.
5. Individual instances no doubt there were; splendid examples of some single qualification. Cæsar was merciful, Scipio was continent, Hannibal was patient ; but it was reserved for WASHINGTON to blend them all in one, and like the lovely master-piece of the Grecian artist, to exbibit in one glow of associated beauty, the pride of every model, and the perfection of every master.
6. As a general, he marshalled the peasant into a veteran, and supplied by discipline the absence of experience. As a statesman, he enlarged the policy of the cabinet into the most comprehensive
system of general advantage ; and such was the wisdom of his views, and the philosophy of his counsels, that to the soldier, and the statesman, he almost added the character of the sage.
7. A conqueror, he was untainted with the crime of blood ; a revolutionist, he was free from any stain of treason, for aggression commenced the contest, and his country called him to the command. Liberty upsheathed his sword, necessity stained, victory retarned it.
8. If he had paused here, history might have doubted what station to assign him, whether at the head of her citizens or soldiers, her heroes or her patriots. But the last glorious act crowns his career, and banishes all hesitation. Who, like WASHINGTON, after having emancipated an hemisphere, resigned its crown, and preferred the retirement of domestic life to the adoration of a land he migh: be almost said to have created ! 9. How shall we rank thee upon glory's page,
Thou more than soldier, and just less than sage?
Far less than all thou hast forborne to be. 10. Such, Sir, is the testimony of one not to be accused of his partiality in his estimate of America. Happy, proud América! The lightnings of heaven yielded to your philoso-, phy! The temptations of earth could not seduce your patriotism. I have the honor, Sir, of proposing to you as a toast, the immortal memory of GEORGE WASHINGTON.
EXAMPLE OF JUSTICE AND MAGNANIMITY.
AMONG the several virtues of Aristides, that for which he was most renowned was justice ; because this virtue is of most general use, its benefits extending to a great number of persons, as it is the foundation, and in a manner the soul of every public office and employment.
2. Themistocles, having conceived the design of supplanting the Lacedemonians, and of taking the government of Greece out of their hands, in order to put it into those of the Athenians, kept his eye and his thought continually fixed upon that great project ; and as he was not very nice or scrupulous in the choice of his measures, whatever tended towards accomplishing the end he had in view, he look: ed upon as just and lawful.
3. On a certain day, he declared in a full assembly of the people, that he had a very important design to propose'; but that he could not communicate it to the people, because its success required it should he carried on with the greatest secrecy; he therefore.desired they would appoint a person to whom he might explain himself upon the matter in question.
4. Aristides was unanimously fixed upon by the whole assembly, who referred themselves entirely to his opinion of the affair; so great a confidence had they both in his próbity and prudence.
5. Themistocles, therefore, having taken him aside, told him the design which he had conceived was to burn the fleet belonging to the rest of the Grecian states, which then lay in a neighbouring port; and by this mean Athens would certainly become mistress of all Greece.
6. Aristides hereupon returned to the assembly, and only declared to them, that indeed nothing could be more advantageous to the commonwealth than Themistocles' project; but at the same time, nothing in the world could be more unjust. All the people unanimously ordained that, Themistocles should entirely desist from his project.
DIALOGUE SHEWING THE FOLLY AND INCONSISTENCY OF
Mr. Fenton. HOW now Nero! why are you loading that pistol? No mischief, I hope ?
Nero. O no, Massa Fenton. I only going to fight de duel, as dey call em, with Tom.
Mr. F. Fight a dael with Tom! what has he done to you !
Nero. He call me neger, neger, once, twice, three time, and I no bear him, Massa Fenton.
Mr. F. But are you not a negro, Nero!
Nero. Yes, Massa; but den who wants to be told of what one know already ?
Mr. F. You would not kill a man, however, for telling so simple a truth as that.
Nero. But den de manner, massa Fenton, de manner,
him every thing. Tom mean more him say, when he can Nero name.
Mr. F. It is hard to judge of what a man means ; but if Tom has insulted you, I have no doubt he is sorry for it.
Nero. Him say he sorry, very sorry; but what him sig. nify when he honor gone? No massa ; whep de white man be insulted, what him do? he fight de duel. Den why de poor African no fight de duel too?
Mr. F. But do you know it is against the law to fight duels ?
Nero. De white man fight, and de law no trouble himself about dem. Why den he po let de African have de same privilege ! No, massa Fenton, “Sauce før de goose, sauce for de gander.”
Mr. F. The white men contrive to evade the law, Nero, so that it cannot punish them.
Nero. Ah, massa Fenton, de law no fair den; him let go de
rogue who outwit him, and take bold of de poor African, who no know what him be.
Mr. F. It is a pity that those who know what is right do not set a better example. But tell me, were you not always good friends before ?
Nero. O yes, massa Fenton, we always good friend, kine friend, since we boy so high, and dat make me ten time mad to be call Deger, neger.
O him too much for human nature to bear!
Mr. F. But how do you expect to help the matter by fighting with Tom?
Nero. When I kill Tom, he no blackguard me more, dat sartain. And den nobody else call Nero name, I know.
Mr. F. True, Nero. But suppose Tom should kill you? Tom, you know, never misses his mark. Nero. How? Massa Fenton.
What dat you say? Mr. F. Suppose Tom should kill you, instead of your killing him, what would people think then ? You know you are as liable to be killed as he is.
Nero. O no, massa Fenton, de right always kill de wrong, when he fight de duel.
Mr. F. O no, Nero, the chance at best is but equal ; and as bad men are more used to such business, I have no doubt that the instances in which the injured party is slain, out: number those where the aggressor has suffered.
Nero. Nero never tipk of dat before. (To himself.) Tom good marksman, I no good. Nero no kilì Tom, Tom kill Nero, dat sartain. Poor Nero dead, de world say, dat good for him, and Nero no here to contradict him. Poor Nero wife no home, no bread, no nottin, now Nero gone. (Loud.) What Nero do? Massa Fenton ? How bim save him honor?
Mr. F. The only honourable course, Nero, is to forgive your friend, if he has wronged you, and let your
future good conduct show that you did not deserve the wrong.
Nero. But what de world tink, massa Fenton. He call Nero coward, and say he no dare fight Tom. Nero no coward, Massa Fenton.
Mr. F. You need not be ashamed of not daring to murder your friend. But it is not your courage which is called in question. It is a plain case of morality. The success of a duel must still leave it undecided, while it adds an awful crime and a tremendous accountability to the injury you have already sustained. ,
Nero. True massa Fenton, but de world no make de proper distinction. De world no know Nero honest.
Mr. F. Nor does the world know thai you are not honest. But what do you mean by the world, Nero ?
Noro. Why all de gentlemen of honor, massa Fenton.
Mr. F. You mean all the unprincipled men who happen to hear of this affair, Their number must be limited, and they are just such as you should care nothing about.
Nero. How, massa Fenton ? Dis all new to Nero.
Mr. F. The number of people who approve of duels, compared with those who consider them deliberate murder is very small, and amongst the enemies of duelling, are always found the wise, humane, and virtuous. Would you not wish to have these on your side ?
Nero. O Yes, massa Fenton.
Mr. F. Well, then, think no more of duelling, for the duellist not only outrages the laws of his country and humanity, but he incurs the censure for good men, and the vengeance of that God who has said, " THOU SHALT NOT KILL."
Nero. O massa Fenton, take de pistol fore Nero shoot himself. Let de world call Nero neger, néger, neger, what Nero care ; de name not half so bad as murderer, and Nero take care he no deserve either.