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John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Chapter 5: the crisis (search)
ge man at the time we are chronicling really believed that the Abolitionist was a criminal in essence, and ought to be proclaimed as such by law. The Anti-slavery writers, in describing this period, use the terminology of fiercer times. Harriet Martineau calls it a Martyr age, and we constantly hear of the reign of terror in 1835. Now the term persecution is apt to call up in our minds the fiercest images of history, scenes of bloodshed and tyranny, combats with wild beasts in the amphith should do something to suppress Anti-slavery. The first hearing in the matter was held on March 4th, 1836, at the State House. The audience was so large that the Hall of the House of Representatives had to be used. Many women, including Harriet Martineau, were there, and the social, political and mercantile classes of Boston were represented. When the meeting came to order Samuel J. May set forth the history of Abolition and showed the mildness of its methods. Ellis Gray Loring, one of th
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Chapter 7: the man of action (search)
for knowledge which educated people are prone to. But, take him for all in all, I know no such other man. His children are most affectionate and free with him — yet they have their own opinions and express them freely, even when they differ most widely from his. . . . People who travel together have an excellent opportunity of knowing and testing one another. . . . I have never on the whole known a man who bears to be more thoroughly known, or is so sure to be loved and reverenced. Harriet Martineau has left us a record of her first impressions in all their freshness:--At ten o'clock he came, accompanied by his introducer. His aspect put to flight in an instant what prejudices his slanderers had raised in me. I was wholly taken by surprise. It was a countenance glowing with health, and wholly expressive of purity, animation, and gentleness. I did not wonder at the citizen who, seeing a print of Garrison at a shop window without a name to it, went in and bought it, and framed i
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Chapter 10: foreign influence: summary (search)
ater. They loved him; they doted on him, and he on them. As we have seen, George Thompson came to America in 1835, as an apostle to the Abolition Cause. Harriet Martineau came as a traveler in the same year. By her writings, and especially by her Martyr age in America, she explained to the English mind the Anti-slavery situaton that you are returned to England, and I look forward with great happiness to meeting you in these better times, writes the Duchess of Sutherland in 1867. Harriet Martineau wrote just before her death in 1876: I can say no more. My departure is evidently near, and I hold the pen with difficulty. Accept the sympathy and reverent blessing of your old friend, Harriet Martineau. I have watched his career with no common interest, even when I was too young to take much part in public affairs; and I have kept within my heart his name and the names of those who have been associated with him in every step he has taken. It is John Bright who spoke thus, at
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Index (search)
mancipation, 147; 97, 140, 165, 171, 175, 241, 243, 259. Louisiana Purchase, 9, Io. Louisiana territory, slavery in, 9. Lovejoy, Elijah P., murder of, and its effect,128 if.; Emerson on, 231, 232; 117, 119, 238. Lundy, Benjamin, 42, 43, 46. Lunt, George, 124, 125, 127. Lunt Committee, 124 f. Luther, Martin, 35, 193. Lyman, Theodore, Mayor of Boston, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 121, 122, 123. McCarthy, Justin, 251. McDuffie, George, 127. MacAULAYulay, Zachary, 245. Martineau, Harriet, quoted, 195, 196, 248; her Martyr Age in America, 245; 105, 124. Massachusetts, southern attempt to enslave, 010-Io3. And see Boston. Matthew, Saint, Gospel of, quoted, 181-84. May, Samuel, Jr., 210, 211, 212. May, Samuel J., quoted, 73-75, 78-80, 81-86, 93-95, 196-98; converted to Abolition by G., 77 ff.; the angel of Anti-slavery, 78; and G., 80, 81; and the Lunt Committee, 124, 126, 127; 29, 32, 71, 138, 150, 227. Methodists, and Abolition, 208. Mill, John Stuart,