And my earnest desire is that our grateful remem¬
brance of the one may ever be associated with the
Let no imputation of wildness against them, no sense¬
less fanatical cry of fanaticism, no difference of faith or
creed, no party feeling, no dissimilarity of views in
regard to particular means or measures;—not even
casual exhibitions of rashness on their part;—keep us
from rendering the tribute of praise and admiration to
the most marked, characters, and the most heroic beings
of the age !—a set of men, who in all coming history
will be regarded as they, alone, who, in their day and
generation, retrieved their country and their age, from
absolute imbecility and littleness.
"Blessings be with them and eternal praise;"
the memory of the Abolitionists of the past—thje free
and generous Benezet; the lofty and serene John
Jay ; the sage and venerable Franklin ; the humane
Matthew Clarkson; the Christian-minded Rush;
the noble-souled TOMPKINS; the august and incom¬
parable Clinton : and then the Philanthropists of the
present day—GARRISON, the TAPPANS, the JAYS, the
Smiths, the Birneys, the Welds and the Phillips,—
vindicators of our race and friends of the slave.
Finally, friends and fellow-citizens, let us not be un¬
mindful of the prerogatives and the obligations arising
from the fact, that the exhibition of the greatest talent,
and the development of the most enlarged philanthropy
in the 19th century, have been bestowed upon our race.