lies entombed, henceforth to become the negro's Mecca.
Oft may it be bedeved and jewelled with the tears of vir¬
tuous young muu ^id maidens of our race, who go to pay
their grateful homage to God, at the tomb of him whose
sincere friendship, spotless life and incessant labors, was
largely instrume ut i in lifting them up to the proper stand-"
ard of liberty, equality and happiness.
Soon may soi.'ie of us be called to meet his spirit before
God, but my faith whispers that our sons and daughters,
in future times, talking through the city of Boston, where
Charles Sumner vv at born, admiring her grandeur as shown
in her thrift and wealth; their appreciative sense view
glorious old Buiikar Hill, in the distance; find pleasure in
rambling over her broad commons; delight to rest and
read while in the shades of her extensive public library, yet
turn from them all, at eve, to wind their way through old
Cambridge, paying due regard to old Harvard, his hon¬
ored alma mater ; then find sweet, loving, peaceful enjoy¬
ment sitting or standing around the tomb, contemplatir-g
with full hearts and vivid memories, the greatest states¬
man of America, the greatest human frien4 of the negro,
Hon. Charles Sumner.