I stood at the side of John Quincy Adams when he delivered his great Eulogy on Lafayette, in the old Hall of the House of Representatives, Dec. 31, 1834, and standing there, by [Edward] Everett’s side at Gettysburg, how the past came back upon me, and I thought if Adams could be alive, & here to day, how his pure and honest heart would swell with patriotism that has followed his own great efforts to bring about that emancipation of the negro race which is so rapidly approaching.

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