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Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, Biographical sketch of Wendell Phillips. (search)
the most finished productions of the modern type of mind. Among his other subjects, winning for him constant admiration, may be mentioned Street life in Europe, Toussaint l'ouverture, Daniel O'Connell, and his eulogies on Theodore Parker and John Brown. Among his published writings, the following are noteworthy-The Constitution a pro-slavery Contract, 1844; Can Abolitionists vote or take office? 1845; Review of Spooner's Unconstitutionality of Slavery, 1847; Addresses, 1850; Review of Webster's seventh-of-march speech, 1850; Review of Kossuth's course, 1851; Defence of the Anti-slavery movement, 1851. All of these productions were received with approbation by the followers of his doctrines, but with bitter condemnation by all persons opposed to the principles which he espoused. Mr. Phillips left no complete collection of his works. In 1863 appeared this collection of his Speeches, Lectures, and letters. During the last years of his life, he was engaged, at intervals, in the
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, chapter 5 (search)
clogs of society. This view is one that Mr. Webster ridiculed in the depots of New York. The tere every tongue, every press, is a power. Mr. Webster, when he ridiculed in New York the agitatioers more than a hundred thousand bayonets. Mr. Webster now is of the same opinion. There is not asure, to base any argument on an opinion of Mr. Webster's. Like the chameleon, he takes his hue, onact; still, in the great result, you see what Webster tells us in his speech: Depend upon it, gentlook upon this speech as the most remarkable Mr. Webster has ever made on the antislavery agitation heaviest brain God ever gave to a single man. Webster, though he may gather into his own person theountry than the White House at Washington. Mr. Webster says we live under a government of laws. Howed us to be thinking, reading men, I learn, Webster being my witness, that there is no throne potthe principles of today. It was well said of Webster, that he knows well the Hancock and Adams of [4 more...]
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, chapter 6 (search)
spoke to me, as a boy, through the lips of Quincy and Sullivan, of Webster and Otis, has sunk down to the miserable sophistry of this mountebheads to the great intellects, as they are called, of the land,--Mr. Webster and others. He tells us, that there are certain important intera man is worth more than a bank-vault. [Loud cheers.] I know Mr. Webster has, on various occasions, intimated that this is not statesmanslike, Dr. Dewey, to promise to return my mother to slavery; and, Mr. Webster, I prefer to be lean and keep my prejudices, to getting fat by seers for Charles Sumner. Overwhelming applause. Three cheers for Webster. Mr. Phillips continued:--] Faintly given, those last; but I d in respect to the gentleman whose name has just been mentioned [Mr. Webster]. It is said, you know, that when Washington stood before the sul have better evidence than the somewhat apocryphal assurance of Mr. Webster, at Marshfield, in 1848, that the North Star is at last discover
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, chapter 7 (search)
That time, in my opinion, has passed by. I do not certainly know that there will be any taken this year or next. I do not know when they may choose again to take another man from Boston. But I do know, that just so soon as any other miscreant Webster [hisses and cheers] shall think it necessary to lay another fugitive slave on the altar of his Presidential chances, just so soon will another be taken from the streets of Boston. I note those hisses. Do not understand me that Mr. Webster himsMr. Webster himself will ever find it worth while again to ask this act of vassal service from his retainers. O no I wait a few months, and his fate will be that of Buckingham:-- wicked but in will, of means bereft, He left not faction, but of that was left. But even though he die or be shelved, the race of traitors will not be extinct; and it is a sickening dread for these two or three hundred men and women to live with this law, worse than the sword of Damocles, hanging over their heads. I believe the A
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, chapter 8 (search)
ty, has gone the rounds of the press, and is generally believed. It says :-- We learn, on reliable authority, that Mr. Webster confessed to a warm political friend, a short time before his death, that the great mistake of his life was the famousalk of that speech. If the state ment be true, what an entire want of right feeling and moral sensibility is shows in Mr. Webster! If it be unfounded, still the welcome it has recelved, and the ready belief it has gained, show the popular appreciands, Mr. Senator Sumner,--the discussion of a great national question, of which it has been said that we must go back to Webster's Reply to Hayne, and Fisher Ames on the Jay Treaty, to find its equal in Congress,--praise which we might perhaps qual subject. Yet Mr. Clay, from 1839 down to his death, hardly made a remarkable speech of any kind, except on slavery. Mr. Webster, having indulged now and then in a little easy rhetoric, as at Niblo's and elsewhere, opens his mouth in 1840, generou
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, chapter 9 (search)
s had to confide in us? Then follows Mr. Daniel Webster. He had recently come to the State. Joitutionality of their own acts. These are Webster's words; and you will remember, Mr. Chairman,tution stands, in 1855, just as it stood when Webster was speaking. I cite the language to show whct is, Gentlemen, you have, according to Mr! Webster, the power to shut that door, and, without ass not guarantee him anything else than that. Webster wanted it amended; the Convention submitted a, said Mr. Austin. There sat Prescott, Shaw, Webster, Story, Lincoln,--the men whom you look up toSuppose, Mr. Chairman, that, in the case of Dr. Webster, after he had been indicted, but before hed fifty-four. Gentlemen, suppose, while Dr. Webster sat in the dock, before the trial commenced, Chief Justice Shaw had summoned Mrs. Webster to his side, and said, I advise you to get a petitionIt is the general conviction of the North. Mr. Webster had once prepared an amendment to the Fugit[1 more...]
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, chapter 13 (search)
pro gratis,--I tell you unwelcome truth. But Webster's steps, crab-like, were backwards. [Applaus] Such close imitation is a little too hard. Webster's retainers fell off into the easier track ofole picture was a muddle. Following Peel and Webster was a muddle; hence came the era of outside ane patriotic service even claimed. Look at Mr. Webster's idea of what a lawyer should be in order d struggle, Or brass at seem to speak! Let Mr. Webster's friends crowd their own halls and groundss as well as heroes; for, let us be thankful, Webster was no Boston boy. But be sure you exercise y valet got very muddy. A striking picture of Webster and his eulogists! His bronze figure standinds me of some lines, written in an album by Webster, when asked to place his name under that of J And, mark, the Publican repented. When did Mr. Webster repent, either in person or by the proxy oweather eulogists have no ability to measure Webster,--either his capacity or his faults. They we[8 more...]
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, chapter 14 (search)
d the whole machinery trembled to its very base. I value this movement for another reason. Did you ever see a blacksmith shoe a restless horse? If you have, you have seen him take a small cord and tie the upper lip. Ask him what he does it for, he will tell you to give the beast something to think of. [Laughter.] Now, the South has extensive schemes. She grasps with one hand a Mexico, and with the other she dictates terms to the Church, she imposes conditions on the state, she buys up Webster with a little or a promise, and Everett with nothing. [Great laughter and applause.] John Brown has given her something else to think of. He has turned her attention inwardly. He has taught her that there has been created a new element in this Northern mind; that it is not merely the thinker, that it is not merely the editor, that it is not merely the moral reformer, but the idea has pervaded all classes of society. Call them madmen if you will. Hard to tell who's mad. The world says on
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, chapter 16 (search)
is Boston, not Burlingame, that has cause to blush today. [Cheers.] I do not envy Mr. Appleton his seat. You remember Webster painted Washington leaning one great arm on Massachusetts, and the other on South Carolina. Methinks I see our merchant of the government, you would suppose that Congress was the law of gravitation, and kept the planets in their places. Mr. Webster sneered at the antislavery and kindred movements as rub-a-dub agitations. Judge Story plumes himself on our governmenham said in a similar case,--Lincoln is in place, Garrison in power. [Applause.] Rub-a-dub agitation, forsooth! as if Mr. Webster could have a Whig party, or anything else, in these reading days, without that agitation which calls into being and ssolution of which will force them to our position. Not Mr. Seward's Union and liberty, which he stole and poisoned from Webster's Liberty and Union. No; their motto will soon be, Liberty first, a long pause, then Union afterwards. [Applause and a
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, Mobs and education. (search)
d the plaudits of Mr. Fay and his friends. What day was it? The anniversary of the martyrdom of the only man whose name stirs the pulses of Europe in this generation. [Derisive laughter.] English statesmen confess never to have read a line of Webster. You may name Seward in Munich and Vienna, in Pesth or in Naples, and vacant eyes will ask you, Who is he? But all Europe, the leaders and the masses, spoke by the lips of Victor Hugo, when he said, The death of Brown is more than Cain killingtion ! That attempt was announced before, from the steps of the Revere House. The unhappy statesman, defeated, heartbroken, sleeps by the solemn waves of the Atlantic. Contempsi Catilinae gladios, non tuos pertimescam. The half omnipotence of Webster we defied; who heeds this pedler's empty wind? How shall we prevent such insolent attempts for the future? Educate the future Fays more thoroughly. Teach them the distinction between duties and dollars. Plant deep in the heart of the masse
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