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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, VI: in and out of the pulpit (search)
s time a stockholder in the yacht Flirt, which was nominally for rent, but actually kept cruising about the coast in readiness to rescue slaves from incoming vessels or to kidnap their pursuers. A crowded meeting was held in Tremont Temple, where Higginson made a vehement speech urging instant action. To this advice a subsequent speaker, Charles Mayo Ellis, strongly objected. Apropos of these speeches, Mr. Higginson's sister-in-law, Miss Barbara Channing, wrote:— I went to see Anne Phillips [Mrs. Wendell Phillips], who is enthusiastic about W. [Wentworth] —she said her hopes of Sims' rescue rested upon him, and if he had not been followed in his splendid speech at the Temple by a man who threw cold water upon his coals, he would have sent hundreds to the Court House. Reporting the comments upon this eventful meeting to his mother, Wentworth quoted Anson Burlingame, a prominent politician, who said:— It [Higginson's] was the most remarkable speech he ever heard; it<