Abolitionists were as culpable as the mob.
In the pages of the Liberator Garrison described the riot, and attacked its promoters and sympathizers with his customary force and ability.
During the danger he had not for a moment lost his composure, as all who saw him bore witness, friend and foe alike.
Throughout the whole of the trying scene, he testifies himself, I felt perfectly calmnay, very happy.
It seemed to me that it was indeed a blessed privilege thus to suffer in the cause of Christ.
Death did not present one repulsive feature.
The promises of God sustained my soul, so that it was not only divested of fear, but ready to sing for joy.
This same courage enabled him to stigmatize the outrage in his paper according to its deserts, and never for an instant did he alter his tone from any sense of fear.
Harriet Martineau, who was visiting America at this time, gives her impressions of Garrison's appearance and manner.
It was a countenance glowing with health, and wholly e
cupy a seat in the legislature or on the bench, neither can we elect others to act as our substitutes in any such capacity.
It follows that we cannot sue any man at law to compel him by force to restore anything which he may have wrongfully taken from us or others; but if he has seized our coat, we shall surrender up our cloak rather than to subject him to punishment.
We believe that the penal code of the old covenant, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, has been abrogated by Jesus Christ, and that under the new covenant, the forgiveness instead of the punishment of enemies has been enjoined upon all his disciples in all cases whatsoever.
The history of mankind is crowded with evidences proving that physical coercion is not adapted to moral regeneration; that the sinful disposition of men can be subdued only by love; that evil can be exterminated from the earth only by goodness.
But while we shall adhere to the doctrine of non-resistance and passive submission to en
ewart, the eccentric traveller, quotes the latter to the following effect: It was generally supposed, he said, that the civilized traveller among savages might lay his account with meeting unprovoked violence, except in so far as he carried arms for his protection.
Now he had found it by much the safer plan to carry no arms.
The most influential men in history have eschewed physical force as an instrument.
What man of all has exerted the deepest, widest influence upon mankind?
Surely Jesus Christ from whom the very term non-resistant is derived.
And after him?
Siddartha, the Buddha, who absolutely condemned all violence.
What man to-day in the Russian Empire, that home of brute force, has the greatest import for the world?
Leo Tolstoy, without doubt, the man who would not lift his hand to compel.
And Garrison, how do you explain the fact that he, with his hands tied behind his back, was the main motive power in that movement which has dwarfed all the rest of our history?
on, but in the spirit of self-improvement and honor.
He must put down himself the crimes against women which are his shame, and I have faith that men like Booker Washington can set such a movement on foot.
The white clergy of the South have a tremendous responsibility.
They have an influence far transcending that of their colleagues in the North.
Will they use it like Mr. Dixon and the ministers he creates in his book, to foment misunderstandings and distrust, or to infuse the spirit of Christ into the problem?
It is surely discouraging to find the Episcopal bishop of Arkansas, an Ohioan, publicly defending the practice of lynching.
We all admit now that the policy of reconstruction was a sad mistake and that Northern interference can do little, but it is still possible to begin a new work of reconstruction based upon human sympathy.
If the South will undertake this task, it will escape the battle of the beasts which is otherwise inevitable.
Swedenborg somewhere says that the