It was a very large meeting—much larger than usual, I was told, on account of the presence of Mr. The audience appeared to be in deep sympathy with the Repeal movement, and the announcement of every considerable contribution was followed by a hearty round of applause, and sometimes a vote of thanks was taken for the donors. It was a great speech, skilfully delivered, powerful in its logic, majestic in its rhetoric, biting in its sarcasm, melting in its pathos, and burning in its rebukes.
I am not ashamed of that attack. I do not shrink from it. I am the advocate of civil and religious liberty, all over the globe, and wherever tyranny exists, I am the foe of the tyrant; wherever oppression shows itself, I am the foe of the oppressor; wherever slavery rears its head, I am the enemy of the system, or the institution, call it by what name you will.
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My sympathy with distress is not confined within the narrow bounds of my own green island. No—it extends itself to every corner of the earth. My heart walks abroad, and wherever the miserable are to be succored, or the slave to be set free, there my spirit is at home, and I delight to dwell.
The fire of freedom was burning in his mighty heart. He had but to open his mouth, to put us in possession of 'thoughts that breathe, and words that burn. It is now no matter of astonishment at all. There is a sweet persuasiveness in it, beyond any voice I ever heard. His power over an audience is perfect.
Frederick Douglass and Irish Home Rule
But almost as soon as I did so, friend Buffum had by some means I know not what obtained an introduction to Mr. On being introduced to Mr. Our work goes on nobly. James and myself leave here for Wexford on Monday next. We shall probably hold two meetings there, and from thence go to Waterford, and then to Cork, where we shall spend a week or ten days. I have also engagements in Belfast, which will detain me in Ireland all of one month longer. Toggle navigation.
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He could see the structures of them through their skin. The bony residue of their lives. So too is his ambivalence towards the plight of the native Irish, as he is confronted with deepening unease with the crisis unfolding outside the safe enclave of his Protestant hosts, McCann writes. A priest glares at Douglass and his hosts as he administers the last rites as the dying and emaciated scramble to board ships to America at Cobh harbour.
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