AFRICA AND AMERICA.
Abolitionists of these times were his friends, and such
alone. Let us be true now, in their own day and peril,
to these benefactors of our race, and friends of man.
Why should we wait until they have cast off this mortal
coil and become clothed upon with immortality, to
greet them and their memories, on the shores of eter¬
nity, when the meed of praise, and the thrilling tones
of gratefulness, are now their due; and when too our
beaming eyes and thankful utterances, may serve to
cheer and animate them, amid their sweatful toil and
their imminent dangers !
A more ardent, devoted, unselfish set of men the
world hath never seen. Such manifestations of philan¬
thropy, such tokens of love, such displays of kindness
to the lowly and the abject; have rarely been equalled
amid all the histories of goodness which time hath ever
recorded on her ample page. Their disinterestedness
is equal to their other virtues. It is almost in vain we
look among them for the intrusions of selfish purpose
or vaunting ambition. Their exhibitions of self-sacri¬
fice, and of fearless hearty zeal—their demonstrations
of brotherhood and equality, are really touching and
subduing. Honored and revered be these glorious
men ! They shed light upon our pathway in our day
of darkness, and now as we are emerging from the
gloom let us not forget their goodness.
I am thankful for this opportunity of associating in
this my humble performance, their honored names
beside the names of our English friends, with whom
they ever lived in sympathy, and walked in unison.