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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Atlantic Essays, The Puritan minister. (search)
ng dog! thou mole! thou tinker! thou lizard! thou bell of no metal but the tone of a kettle! thou wheel-barrow! thou whirlpool! thou whirligig! thou fire-brand! thou moon-calf! thou ragged tatterdemalion! thou gormandizing priest! thou bane of reason and beast of the earth! thou best to be spared of all mankind! --all of which are genuine epithets from the Quaker books of that period, and termed by Cotton Mather, who collected them, quills of the porcupine. They surpass even Dr. Chauncy's catalogue of the unsavory epithets used by Whitefield and Tennent a century later; and it was not likely that they would be tolerated by a race whose reverence for men in authority was so comprehensive that they actually fined some one for remarking that Major Phillips's old mare was as lean as an Indian's dog. There is a quaint anecdote preserved, showing the continuance of the Quaker feud in full vigor as lately as 1705. A youth among the Friends wished to espouse a fair Puritan m