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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 21: closing events of the War.--assassination of the President. (search)
ore courage than can be expressed ; and a short cruise among torpedoes will sober the most intrepid disposition. When near Rocketts, the President and the Admiral left the Malvern, and proceeded to the city in the commander's gig. With its crew, armed with carbines, they landed and walked to Weitzel's quarters, in the late residence of Davis, cheered on the way by the huzzas and grateful ejaculations of a vast concourse of emancipated slaves, who had been told that the tall man was their Liberator. They crowded around him so thickly, in their eagerness to see him, and to grasp his hand, that a file of soldiers were needed to clear the way. After a brief rest at Weitzel's, the President rode rapidly through the principal streets of Richmond, in an open carriage, and, at near sunset, departed for City Point. Two days afterward, April 6, 1865. the President went to Richmond again, accompanied by his wife, the Vice-President, and several Senators, when he was called upon by leading
e with slaves, to urge them to cultivate as a religious duty all the habits which would speedily brand them as men of bad morals! These scenes occurred on the 30th of March, 1854. Ii. Virginia. Talk with a Free negro a colored Liberator Oppressive laws and ordinances how they Operate worthless Free negroes the market woman women insulted how very contented the slaves are about runaways the African church a dodge exposed heavy hearts and raw backs Deity vindicated agthe store of a fruiterer and confectioner. He was a free man of color. I soon entered into a conversation with him, ascertained his history, and learned many valuable facts of the condition of the slaves of Richmond and vicinity. A colored Liberator. He was a mulatto of about thirty-five years of age. His eyes and his conversation showed him to be a person kind hearted yet resolute of purpose. The tone of his voice, the expression of his face, bespoke a man familiar with sorrow and car
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 3: State evidence. (search)
p in a safe position; that he never spoke rudely or insultingly to them; that he allowed them to go out, to quiet their families, by assuring them of their personal safety; that he heard him direct his men, on several occasions, never to fire on an unarmed citizen; that he assured the captives that they should be treated well, and none of their property destroyed; and that he overheard a conversation between Stevens and another person, on Southern Institutions, in the course of which that Liberator asked, if he was in favor of slavery? and, on receiving the reply, that, although a non-slaveholder, yet, as a citizen of the South, he would sustain the cause, immediately answered, Then you are the first man I would hang; you deserve it more than a man who is a slaveholder and sustains his interests. He could not swear whether the marines fired after they broke into the engine house; the noise, he said, was great, and several shouted from the inside that some one had surrendered among
Ernest Crosby, Garrison the non-resistant, Chapter 1: the Liberator (search)
Chapter 1: the Liberator In a small chamber, friendless and unseen, Toiled o'er the types one poor, unlearned young man; The place was dark, unfurnitured and mean; Yet there the freedom of a race began. Lowell, To Garrison. Oliver Johnson gives a graphic description of the room under the eaves of Merchants' Hall, Boston, in which Garrison printed the early numbers of his Liberator in January, 1831. The dingy walls, the small windows bespattered with printer's ink, the press standing in one corner, the composing stands opposite, the long editorial and mailing table covered with newspapers, the bed of the editor and publisher on the floor-all these, he tells us, make a picture never to be forgotten. It was a pretty large room, says a later visitor, but there was nothing to relieve its dreariness but two or three very common chairs and a pine desk in the far corner at which a pale, delicate and apparently overtasked gentleman was sitting. . ... He was a quiet, gentle and I m
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, chapter 16 (search)
as the Scotch say, Let them care who come ahind. That Convention selected Lincoln for their standard-bearer. Enough gain for once. First the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear. [Loud cheers.] Dr. Windship began with a dumb-bell of ten pounds; after four years, he raises two hundred and fifty pounds in each hand. The elephants, when crossing a river, send the smallest first. Don't mount those Arab steeds yet, Mr. Seward! Wait a little longer. Who knows whether that Liberator, whose printing-office Mayor Otis could not find in 1835, may not be issued from the eastern room of the White House in 1873, and Mr. Seward himself, instead of saying that John Brown was justly hung, may dare then to declaim, as Charles O'Connor does now, in the Supreme Court at Albany:-- A man who knows that the law under which he lives violates the first principles of natural justice ..... is bound to strive, by all honorable means, to break down and defeat that law. Among these ho
O'Connell and the times' correspondent. The Mr. Russell, who now represents the London Times here, is the same gentleman who was sent by that journal to Ireland, to report O'Connell's speeches during the Repeal agitation. One of the first meetings the newspaper man attended was in Kerry. Having heard of O'Connell's polite qualities, he thought he would ask that gentleman's permission to take a verbatim account of the oration. The "Liberator" not only consented, but, in his oiliest manner, informed the assembled audience that "until that gintleman was provided with all writing' conveniences, he wouldn't spake a word," assuming an extra brogue, which was altogether unnecessary. Russell was delighted. The preparations began, and were completed; Russell was ready. "Are you quite ready?" asked Dan. "Quite ready." "Now, are you sure you're entirely ready?" "I am certain, sir. Yes." The crowd becoming excited and impatient, Dan said: "Now, 'pon my conscien
ency is that example. In all after times historians will describe it as the most perfidious that ever blackened human nature. The records of mankind will be searched in vain for a parallel to the case of the Southern Tory. He of 1776 could boast, with some pride, of his loyalty to the king and his affection for the old home country; but the Southern Tory must protest his fealty to the Ape of Illinois and his affection for the land of Greeley, Lovejoy Phillips, Stowe, the Tribune and the Liberator. The man who turns against the South now, has a base heart, incapable of love for his own country or of hatred for an insulting, brutal and beastly enemy. When a white woman, forgetting the decencies of society, rejects her own race and insists upon marrying a negro, then the law interferes and puts its veto upon the monstrous alliance. The perversion of taste and of mind is not more monstrous in the case of such a woman than it is in that of the Southern man, who, while his own land is
ious Southern volunteers, led by such military genius as now directs our Southern armies.--Opposed to Italy, or as the soldier of despotism anywhere, he would be a very ordinary person. What gave Garibaldi his peculiar value and eminence in the Italian contest was simply that he was the right man in the right place. But when he appears in such a role as that to which he is invited by the New York journals, he degenerates from a patriot to an adventurer, and from the dignified position of Liberator of Italy becomes at the best a Don Quixote, who will find, in undertaking to redress the imagined grievances of all mankind, that he has began a crusade which can only end in loss of reputation and grievous personal discomfiture. If the truth were known, this boast about inviting Garibaldi is to no one more mortifying than the regular officers of the old army, who cannot fail to see in such stuff an imputation upon their own intelligence and efficiency which must sting them to the qui
deral army, by every means in their power. For this purpose the rotten Democratic leaders of the Regency, under Cagger, Richmond, and their affiliates in Tammany Hall, have put forward an anti-Administration ticket, pledged to denunciation of the wizsest and most essential steps that have been taken by the President, and calculated to sow the seeds of discontent and insurrection in the rural districts. On the other hand, such abolition organs as the Tribune, Anti-Slavery Standard, Times, Liberator, and Independent, are loud in their outcries against the President for not sanctioning the illegal proclamation of General Fremont, and are seeking to undermine by ultra abolition, anti- constitutional ravings, the popularity which Mr. Lincoln has acquired by the firmness, fairness, and conservatism of his conduct. It would be equally destructive and unprincipled to mince matters in the momentous crisis through which the country is passing. The duty of Government is unmistakable, wit
h may be issued under the provisions of this act, the following words: "The within note is a legal tender in payment, of all debts, public and private, and is exchangeable for the coupons or registered bonds of the United States, bearing 6 per cent. interest." The Satanic Jacobin clubs at work to Overthrow the Government. Under the above caption the New York Herald, of the 9th inst., has a scathing editorial, from which we make the following extract: We learn from the Boston Liberator that a meeting was held in Massachusetts of a Jacobin revolutionary club to "supersede" the President, as was recommended in the beginning of the war by the "Little Villain" of the New York Times, and he has been openly threatened by the Tribune and other Abolition journals frequently since. The Government has been also warned publicly by audacious demagogues in Congress and by itinerant lecturers that it stands upon a precipice, liable to be dashed to pieces at any moment unless it will
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