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" Since tlie purchase of Louisiana and Florida," says Mr.
Senator Walker's statements upon this subject (see his let- * Tucker's " Progress of the United States." t Ibid. ter to the people of Carroll county, Kentucky) are deserving of very serious attention.
The committee have also ventured to suggest, in the words of a distinguished statesman, that a great measure, now before the pubhc, if it be not objectionable on other accounts, may render most important aid to the object which both sections have in view.
The committee have also endeavored to show, from statistical facts, that slavery is gradually Avorking its way to a result favor- able to the wishes and the interests of both sections of the country, by a process more efficacious, and abundantly more secure and satisfactory, than any plan which can be suggested by the most enhghtened and prudent advocates of abo Htion.
But it is very probable that slave states would diminish quite as rapidly in the north as they would increase in the south. Walker shows how the constantly augmenting number of free blacks in the southern states would be diffused, through Texas, into Mexico and South America, if Texas were incorporated into the Union. Both questions may be promptly answered in the negative.
The committee meddle not with the political considerations arising from any prospective increase or diminution in the number of slave states.
What others have only hoped for he has accomplished ; and what most men have promised he has done. The committee believe that any custom which has the sanction of all nations must have its origin in some deep feeling of the human heart ; and they think that even a partial glance at the history of any people will show that the custom of displaying their trophies of victory has its origin and preservation in the wonderful influence which sijmhols are known to exercise over the fancy and heart of every beholder, A standard taken is an insignia of the power of an enemy, as well as of the glory of the captor ; and it is thus seen why, in the great battles fought in Europe, where thousands have been slain, the capture of a single standard or color constitutes a prominent feature in the report of the action.
He was the builder of his own model, as well as the maker of his own fortune. In the opinion, then, of your committee, the public exhibition of NATIONAL TROPHIES.
His examples of success, of private virtue, public spirit, cheerful temper, and philanthropic zeal, are fraught with too many important considerations to be either neglected or concealed. They constitute a rich legacy for the rising gen- erations of our country, and his name will long be asso- VI PREFACE. 435 trophies of war must, in time of peace, have a tendency to develop national feeling ; and in war excite a spirit of emulation in heroic achievements, which will add other trophies to those which it should now be our pride to display.
ciated with the spirit of honorable enterprise, — illustrat- ing with irresistible force the power of simple duty in developments of industry, skill and integrity. He is happy in active labors, and though relieved by partners from the details of business, he fre- quently visits his tanneries in New York and Pennsyl- vania, to see that they do not depart from his well-tried "landmarks." On these occasions, he rides his favorite gray horse, sometimes forty miles after dinner, without suffering the slightest inconvenience from fatigue, using a saddle and bridle made by himself thirty years ago, and accompanied by "Rough" and "Tanner," two magnificent dogs, which usually attend his excursions. The committee which considered this subject, January, 1814,* remark, concerning the place most proper for the exhibition : " This should be public, and easy of access, at the same time that it should be perfectly secure from villanous attempts.
It is a favorite maxim of his that the business of life is to be useful, — and it may be truly affirmed that few men ever succeeded more fully in illustrating this noble sentiment. Part Second embraces his Addresses and Letters, on a variety of topics, and some of his Congressional Reports and Speeches. These flags should be placed so as to be seen by every citizen who may wish to observe them. is a leader in safe, reliable and courteous transportation services in New York State.