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built expressly for it. There, at the close of the day, after the cares of business were over, he found a pleasant retreat, interrupted only by the welcome visit of friends. His moderate desires were amply gratified, and he was happy. The library of Prospero was not more to him, when he “prized it above his dukedom.”
As a member of learned societies and of charitable associations, Mr. Livermore was indefatigable. Perhaps nobody in our community was more felt in these quiet and unobtrusive labors. His interest in public affairs was constant also, and this became intense as the great issue presented by the Rebellion loomed into sight. He busied himself to raise troops. More important still, at a critical moment, before the Government had determined to enlist colored soldiers, he prepared and printed at his own expense a most instructive elucidation of this question, founded on our Revolutionary history, which he entitled “ An Historical Research respecting the Opinions of the Founders of the Republic on Negroes, as Slaves, as Citizens, and as Soldiers.” This was read to the Massachusetts Historical Society, 14th August, 1862, two months before the first Proclamation of Emancipation, and nine months before the famous Fifty-fourth Regiment, of Massachusetts, commanded by Colonel Shaw, sailed from Boston. Among the agencies which swayed the public mind at that time, this work is conspicuous, and it is within my
knowledge that it much interested President Lincoln. While preparing the final Proclamation of Emancipation, the President expressed a desire to consult it, and, as his own copy was mislaid, he requested me to send him mine, which I did. But while performing
this patriotic service, our merchant did not forget his bibliographical tastes. The many editions were all remarkable for faultless paper and type, and one of them, now before me, is on large paper.
At the time of his death Mr. Livermore was fifty-six years of age, which was also the age of President Lincoln, for whom he entertained unbounded regard, deepening into affectionate reverence. By the bedside, in his last illness, hung a copy of the immortal Proclamation, signed by its author in his own autograph. There also within reach were good books, which he enjoyed as long as he could enjoy anything, and even after he began to lose hold of life.
The death of such a man must make many sad. To family, friends, and neighbors it will be irreparable. To the whole community it is a calamity. There is more than one mourner who will repeat, from the bottom of his heart, the words of the great poet:
"Farewell, too little and lately kno
Whom I began to think and call my own!”1
1 Dryden, To the Memory of Mr. Oldham.
THE NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE
NATIONAL FAITH :
GUARANTIES FOR THE NATIONAL FREEDMAN AND
THE NATIONAL CREDITOR.
SPEECH AT THE REPUBLICAN State CONVENTION, IN WORCESTER,
MASSACHUSETTS, SEPTEMBER 14, 1865. WITH APPENDIX.
Nor was civil society established merely for the sake of living, but rather for the sake of living well. — ARISTOTLE, Politics, tr. Taylor, Book III. Ch. 9.
This, Sir, is a cause that would be dishonored and betrayed, if I contented myself with appealing only to the understanding. It is too cold, and its processes are too slow for the occasion. I desire to thank God, that, since He has given me an intellect so fallible, He has impressed upon me an instinct that is sure. On a question of shame and honor reasoning is sometimes useless, and worse. I feel the decision in my pulse: if it throws no light upon the brain, it kindles a fire at the heart. — FisiER AMES, Speech in Congress on the Treaty with Great Britain, April 28, 1796: Works, Vol II. p. 56.
A spider in his natural size is only a spider, ugly and loathsome, and his flimsy net is only fit for catching flies. But, good God! suppose a spider as large as an ox, and that he spread cables about us; all the wilds of Africa would not produce anything so dreadful. — EDMUND BURKE, Speech on the Petition of the Unitarians, May 11, 1792: Works (London, 1801 – 27), Vol. X. p. 63.
The Convention was organized with the following officers.
Vice-Presidents, Hon. F. W. Lincoln, Jr., Boston ; Gen. B. F. Butler, Lowell. At large, Caleb Swan, Easton ; E. F. Stone, Newburyport ; R. L. Pease, Edgartown ; W. P. Phillips, Salem ; Eliphalet Trask, Springfield ; Tully Crosby, Brewster ; W. B. Spooner, Boston ; Alvah Crocker, Fitchburg ; Rev. L. A. Griines, Boston ; G. L. Davis, North Andover ; E. L. Pierce, Milton ; S. E. Sewall, Melrose ; C. 0. Rogers, Boston ; W. S. Clark, Amherst. District 1, F. Hooper, Fall River ; E. L. Barney, New Bedford. 2, F. M. Johnson, Quincy ; G. B. Weston, Duxbury. 3, Ginery Twichell, Brookline ; A. J. Wright, Boston. 4, Charles Beck, Cambridge ; E. C. Fitz, Chelsea. 5, B. H. Smith, Gloucester; William Howland, Lyun. 6, 0, R. Clark, Winchester; Milton Bonney, Lawrence. 7, C. R. Train, Framingham ; John Nesmith, Lowell. 8, A. M. Bigelow, Grafton ; Caleb Thayer, Blackstone. 9, Henry Smith, Templeton ; Joseph Hartwell, Ware. 10, Joseph Tucker, Great Barrington ; G. M. Fisk, Palmer.
Secretaries, C. W. Slack, Boston ; S. N. Stockwell, Boston ; Thomas White, Randolph ; G. F. Stetson, Hanson ; H. S. Gere, Northampton ; G. S. Sullivan, Boston ; Samuel Chism, Newton ; James Pierce, Malden.
Hon. Tappan Wentworth, of Lowell, and Hon. William Brigham, of Boston, were appointed to conduct Mr. Sumner to the chair. Enthusiastic applause greeted his appearance on the platform. He then made the speech which follows.
The report of the Boston Daily Advertiser says: “Mr. Sumner's Address, which we give on our second page, was heard with the most profound attention, and was at many points greeted with the most enthusiastic expressions of approval. The argument for the exclusion of Rebels from political power was especially applauded, and there could be no doubt of the sentiments of the Republican party of Massachusetts on this question. When Mr. Sumner concluded, the manifestations of applause were vehemently renewed.”
After the speech, Hon. Amasa Walker offered resolutions in tribute to Richard Cobden, recently deceased, in whom “our country has lost