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more honored guest, for in the langnage of one who wrote as a poet, while he felt as a friend.*
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He traveled in serenity, yet without hope; and it is pleasing to think that that serenity was founded on its only firm basis, christian faith. It is his own language-that "the sincere and earnest approach of the christian to the throne of the Almighty, teaches the best lesson of patience under affliction;" and doubtless he proved it, for to a friend at Rome, from whose lips the words have been received, he addressed in calmness and solemnity this parting acknowledgment of his faith. “ We have none of us any thing to depend upon but the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ." He lived but to revisit his native shores, and pressed to reach theni with a zeal and resolution which bore up his enseebled body under all the fatigues of travel. To reach England was not enough, Scotland was his home. “My own Tweed," was his constant speech; there he longed to close his eyes, where nature loves to close them, surrounded by the scenes on which the heart at hat moment most fondly dwells, the flowers of his childhood and the sports of his youth, amid the friends of his manhood and the children fo his love. He was borne to the grave by his own sorrowing household; he was laid in it by the hands of his own children ; and his dying head was supported by one whom affection had made a son, kindred talent a choice companion, and to whom the world won
* Wordsworth, who was among the last visitors at Abbotsford previous to Sir Walter's journey.
looks with confidence for a faithful portraiture of one whom he knew so well and loved so much.
And in conclusion, let me ask, what tribute shall we, my fellow-citizens, pay to him to whose genius we owe so much ? Monument we can erect none; his works are his monument, all else will crumble; but may we not by some national act of justice in reference to those works,* redeem a debt which in honor we long have owed, but which in sorrow alone we now can pay, and make the name and claims of Scott, the foundation of a wiser and more liberal policy towards the literature of our common language? It is due to England by reciprocity ; it is due to ourselves by an enlightened selfinterest; and to crown all, it was the suggestion of one who was himself the soul of honor, and whose memory we now seek to embalm.
* That the author may not himself be charged with a tardy acknowledgment of a rightful claim, he would state, that this proposition, with the grounds of it, were immediately, upon his return in January 1831, laid before the departments of the government, to which he considered the subject belonged ; and also communicated to the chairman of the committee of congress, on the subject of patent rights; but their report had already been made, and it was deemed unadvisable to attempt at so late a period so important an alteration in its principle. Col. Coll. Dec. 8, 1832.