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HENRY CLAY.

order to determine how far he approximates to those examples which history holds up to our admiration, and which have long since received the favorable verdict of posterity. If a commander with the wreath of laurel upon his brow, stands prominently before the world, we inquire how he will compare with an Alexander, a Hannibal, or a Caesar. If an orator become the object of popular admiration, and give evidence of those great powers of eloquence which ever have been and ever will be regarded as the noblest gifts of Heaven, we associate him with those masters of his art whose names have come down to us from renowned antiquity. So also do the mighty ministers, who, in different ages of the world, have successfully guided the destinies of their country, still stand as the grand criteria of modern statesmanship; and our test of present greatness is still a comparison with the past. Apply this test to the illustrious man whose character and services are now the subject of consideration, and we will find, that in no age of the world can we designate an example of a great statesman or orator, with which his own life will not afford us a favorable comparison; and there is no extraordinary event or occasion in history which demanded the exercise of great mental and moral endowments, in which we cannot readily imagine that he, bad he been cotemporaneous with the event, and locally affected by its influence, would not have been a prominent actor. He possessed the very qualities to render him conspicuous, and to cause him to be designated among thousands, as the man to determine, to lead, or to guide in the hour of difficulty or danger, or whenever and wherever the great cause of civil liberty might demand the aid of an eloquent and invincible champion. With him, who "wielded at will the fierce democratic of Athens," he would have hurled defiance at the power of Philip and his successors; and all the gold of Macedonia, Susa and Ecbatana, would never have abated one jot of his loyalty to the Republic. With the great Roman orator, he would have resisted the growing power of the Dictator; and neither the flattering offers of favor from the usurper himself, nor the persecutions of the arbitrary triumvirate which succeeded, would ever have drawn him off, or driven him from the defence of the liberties of his country. With Tacitus and the younger Pliny, he would have poured out his indignation before the Senate of

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