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Your lordship's speeches and writings will go down to the latest ages, and live as long as the language whose rich resources they exemplify and exhaust. History, too, uninfluenced by party and envy, will do your lordship justice. Posterity will, indeed, assign you a far higher place on “Fame's dread mountain,” than even that which has been accorded by the bulk of your contemporaries. In speaking thus, I make no reference to your rank, my Lord; no man ever owed less to rank than your lordship; you descended when you entered the Upper House. You elevated the peerage, not the peerage you. The historian will chiefly delight in the patriotic commoner. Even now the lord is lost in the man. Your simple name, in after times, will blaze in glory as the sun, while your coronet will be a tiny speck on its disc, scarcely visible. No living statesman has so much to hope, and so little to fear, from future generations, as your lordship. The great points of your political creed will, assuredly, be at length embraced by all nations. The progress of reason, the voice of prophecy, the interests of earth, all unite to support your views of war, peace, slavery, education, and the surpassing glories of moral greatness. Every age will bring the mind of England more and more into unison with yours. Like prophecy, your lordship's character will gain with the advance of time. And when the period arrives at which “the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him ;" when this period arrives, my Lord, the evils which you have denounced and opposed, with so much consistency, energy, and eloquence, will cease to be; and the good which you have so long and so strenuously laboured to promote, will be more than realized throughout the whole earth ; for, be assured, my Lord, your utmost demands and desires are, according to the volume of inspiration, a poor instalment of the felicity which awaits our now distracted and afflicted world.
My Lord, it will be allowed, by multitudes of the best and wisest of mankind, that I have not overdrawn the picture of your lordship's prospects of future renown. Personal and political adversaries are incompetent judges of such a matter; and so, indeed, are personal and political friends. But a great reverse awaits your lordship's position. Men who are now all but unknown, will, in the better days of our world, be inconceivably more illustrious than your lordship. You will then be considered as only a humble personage in comparison with such a man as the missionary martyr, Williams. One chapter of the “Missionary Enterprises,” will then bear a higher value than all the writings of your lordship, and of all the orators, statesmen, historians, and philosophers, in our language. Every thing is permanently great, only as it belongs to Christ and his kingdom. Your speeches in behalf of John Smith, will, accordingly, possess an interest with the ages to come, infinitely greater than any other—the most celebrated not excepted—that you ever uttered. Those speeches are identified with the cause of Christ, and they will partake of its immortality. Next to those will be your speeches and letters on education ; then those against slavery; and, finally, such as were made in defence of civil and religious liberty. All the others, splendid as they are, will be deemed of inferior worth.
My Lord, if these things be so, are not the bulk of your great compeers living to little purpose, and in a manner which but ill comports with their high destinies and real interests as immortal beings? If there is truth in the awful disclosures of the sacred Scriptures, how lamentable is the prospect of the vast body of this world's great men!
My Lord, will you allow me to say, that, while speculating on the glory which, in coming ages, awaits you, I could not help also anticipating the judgment of posterity in regard to your lordship's religious character. I would allude to this point with profound respect and great tenderness; but I dare not be wholly silent, because I can even now speak with certainty as to the light in which they will view you. Before me are the writings of holy prophets and apostles, with the true sayings of Christ, the rule of judgment. By these records will posterity estimate you. Its conclusion may, therefore, be easily ascertained. Its higher tribunal will affirm the decision which has been already pronounced by a great majority of educated and liberal Christian men, your contemporaries. It will declare your lordship to have been a man of pure morals, of unusual disinterestedness, and of an ambition not greater than your capabilities to serve your country, and benefit mankind, the prince of patriots and philanthropists. But, my Lord, while future generations thus pass sentence upon your personal and public character, they will tremble when they think of the possible condition of that mighty spirit which once informed the frame that bore the name of Brougham! They will be unable to discover any thing in your lordship's past history which bespeaks true sympathy with the religion of the Son of God! They will discover nothing, in all that you have written or spoken, that indicates a right understanding of the doctrines of the cross, or any anxious concern about the world to come! I have looked for such indications in vain, where, if at all, they might have been expected to be found in your speeches for the missionary Smith. This is a remarkable and mournful defect in those otherwise admirable orations. On that tragical occasion, an opportunity was furnished, such as no senator ever before enjoyed, of doing justice to a class of men " of whom the world is not worthy;" an opportunity, too, of atoning to earth and heaven for the injury done to the cause of humanity, instruction, freedom, and religion, among the whole human race, by the impious, calumnious, and atrocious articles, on “ Methodism and Missions,” which had appeared in the great literary organ of the North, with the origin and early conduct of which you are closely identified. But you let the occasion slip. This was the more to be regretted, my Lord, because your case fully admitted, nay, demanded, a defence of the class as well as of the individual. In your exordium, you truly represented those around you as pouring contempt upon your cause, ridiculing the petitioners, and adding, that, “after all, it is merely about a poor missionary." Oh! my Lord, then was the moment to have summoned your boundless resources, and collected your giant strength, that you might exhibit to your ignorant auditory the progress of civilization, with the degree to which it had been the effect of missions, and the impossibility of its extension and completion over our world but by their means; to have set forth the claims of these truly noble persons to the world's gratitude and admiration, to the protection
of governments, the patronage of princes, and the smile of kings; to have shown that the home deeds, even of a Howard, and his short continental tours of compassion, were but trifles, cheap and safe amusements, as compared with the suffering and sacrifice, the disheartening toil and the voluntary exile, the frequent perils and the cruel persecutions, the ill-paid and unpraised labours of these apostolic men; and then to have hurled your thunderbolts of burning indignation at all governments, whether home or colonial, and at all functionaries, whether civil or military, subjects or sovereigns, who dared to impede the progress of these best benefactors of the human race! Never, my Lord, never had orator such subject before! Never had statesman such an occasion of promoting the highest enterprise on earth ; an enterprise comprehensive of the interests of all classes, of all nations, through all times! Heroes and sages, all who have been deemed first among this world's wise and good, are poor and limited subjects, poor beneath all poverty, and limited within all limitation, as compared with the murdered missionary of Demerara!
Since the death of John Smith, the subject of the missionary character has been repeatedly pressed upon your lordship, in a manner which strongly claimed your parliamentary attention and defence; and it is gratefully admitted that you have somewhat improved in your knowledge of its claims, and also made repeated reference to it. In your speech of July 13, 1830, in the House of Commons, you smote, with just severity, the persecutors of Mr. Orton and his brethren, whom you pronounced “ blameless and pious men,” which, though “ faint praise,” was still something. In your