fying, demoralizing influences of slavery, he has left
behind him, after a public life long and varied and
stormy, a name as clean and spotless as driven snow.
Take notice of this, young men, you who have ambi¬
tions, you who are aspiring to public place, position,
and power. Take notice that a public life need not
be separated from unsullied honor.
I said Frederick Douglass was great in spite of en¬
vironment. Had there been no slavery to fight, no
freedom to win, he would still have been a great man.
•Greatness was inherent in his being, and circum¬
stances simply evoked it. He was one of those choice
spirits whom the Almighty sends into this world with
the stamp of a great mission on their very form and
features. Said Sam Johnson with reference to Ed¬
mund Burke: " Burke, sir, is such a man that if
you met him for the first time in the street, where
you were stopped by a drove of oxen, and you and
he stepped aside to take shelter but for five minutes,
he'd talk to you in such a manner that when you
parted you would say, ' This is an extraordinary
man.'" The same could doubtless have been said of
Douglass ; but it was not necessary to hear him talk,
to discover his unusual ability and surpassing intelli-