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Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, Biographical sketch of Wendell Phillips. (search)
ce on June 30, 1881, before the Harvard Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa, as the orator of the occasion. He might then have chosen a subject upon which all persons would have agreed; but, had he done so, he would not have been Wendell Phillips. For him it was an opportunity, and in his address on The scholar in the Republic, he delivered one of the most remarkable efforts of the century. Mr. Phillips spoke for the last time in public, on the occasion of the unveiling of the statue of Harriet Martineau in the Old South Meeting-house, Dec. 26, 1883. His days came to a close on Feb. 2, 1884. The cause of his death was angina pectoris. No eulogy of Wendell Phillips is required. A man whose name is stamped upon every page of the most memorable epoch of American history is not likely to be soon forgotten. No age ever produced a greater master of invective, no voice ever aroused a more bitter hatred in unsympathetic minds. They who the most keenly felt the sting of his eloquence c