Webster and Kossuth: A Discoure on the Relations of Daniel Webster and Louis Kossuth

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Latin Press Printing & Publishing Company, 1909 - Intervention - 23 pages
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Page 18 - Rome, who, with an earnest word of self-conscious majesty, controlled the condition of the world, and arrested mighty kings in their ambitious march, thus full of admiration and of reverence I stand before you, Legislators of the new Capitol — that glorious hall of your people's collective majesty. The Capitol of...
Page 21 - I say is, that Hungary can regulate these matters for herself infinitely better than they can be regulated for her by Austria ; and, therefore, I limit my aspirations for Hungary, for the present, to that single and simple point, — Hungarian independence, Hungarian self-government, Hungarian control of Hungarian destinies.
Page 20 - The orator's picturesque appearance, his archaic l^uglish style, his vibrant and thrilling voice, and his skillfully selected and arranged topics, all concurred in the production of an effect upon his audience such as I have never seen surpassed. As addressed to American statesmen, it exhibited, what was very rare among foreigners, a perfect understanding of our Government, as the union of separate states with their autonomy in a given sphere, under a general constitution.
Page 19 - ... come over to yours, purified by the air of liberty. The old stands a mournful monument of the fragility of human things: yours as a sanctuary of eternal rights. The old beamed with the red lustre of conquest, now darkened by oppression's gloomy night: yours beams with freedom's bright rays!
Page 13 - That phrase is not found in the paper ; and in respect to the honorary epithet bestowed in Mr. Mann's instructions on the late chief of the revolutionary government of Hungary, Mr. Hulsemann will bear in mind that the government of the United States cannot justly be expected, in a confidential communication to its own agent, to withhold from an individual an epithet of distinction of which a great part of the world thinks him worthy, merely on the ground that his own government regards him as a rebel....
Page 19 - Legislators of the new capital - that glorious hall of your people's collective majesty. The Capitol of old yet stands, but the spirit has departed from it and come over to yours, purified by the air of liberty. The old stands a mournful monument of the fragility of human things -yours as a sanctuary of eternal rights. The old beamed with the red lustre of conquest; now darkened by oppression's gloomy night - yours beams with freedom's bright ray.
Page 19 - Caesars will never be hailed, for their powers, might, and wealth, there the persecuted chief of a downtrodden nation is welcomed as your great Republic's guest, precisely because he is persecuted, helpless, and poor.
Page 13 - Mann to the treatment of a spy, it would have placed itself without the pale of civilized nations; and the cabinet of Vienna may be assured that, if it had carried, or attempted to carry, any such lawless purpose into effect in the case of an authorized agent of this government, the spirit of the people of this country would have demanded immediate hostilities to be waged, by the utmost exertion of the power of the republic, military and naval.
Page 19 - The old was awful with irrestricted power — yours is glorious with having restricted it. At the view of the old nations trembled — at the view of yours humanity hopes. To the old misfortune was only introduced with fettered hands to kneel at the triumphant conqueror's heels — to yours the triumph of introduction is granted to unfortunate exiles, invited to the honor of a seat, and where kings and...
Page 20 - Whirlwind' certainly carried away everything ou that occasion, and mingled all parties into one confused mass of admirers prostrate at Kossuth's feet. The speech seemed to me wanting in no element of a consummate masterpiece of eloquence. The orator's picturesque appearance, his archaic English style, his vibrant and thrilling voice, and his skillfully selected and arranged topics, all concurred in the production of an effect upoo his audience such as I have never seen surpassed.

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