THE BATTLE OF FREEDOM.
I PROPOSE, in the following pages, to sketch a
few of the struggles which the friends of religious
liberty, in every age, have maintained against
The endurances and triumphs of patriotism have
glowed on the historic page, have been renowned
in immortal song, and their memories perpetuated
in columin and statue. In vivid and grateful recol-
lection we reverence the name of the patriot; are
moved to sorrow at his sufferings, or dwell with
rapture on the record of his triumphs.
Amung all the splendors that circle the memory
of ancient Rome, the revolution, under the elder
lBrutus, shines down upon us with transcendent
glory. Amid all the brilliant achievements of
patriotism, that noble effort has not been surpassed.
A people crushed and fettered by an overwhelming
despotism, in a dark age, nnaided by the light of
historic example, suddenly awaking from their
apathy, and rising in all the majesty of principle,
shattered at a blow the battlements in which tyranny