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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 6. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Old portraits and modern Sketches (search)
from his society in Great Barrington in 1769, he was installed at Newport the next year, as minister of the first Congregational church in that place.. Newport, at this period, was, in size, wealth, and commercial importance, the second town in New England. It was the great slaveverse, looked upon a nobler spectacle than that of the minister of Newport, rising up before his slaveholding congregation, and demanding, inevolent purpose of educating some pious colored men in the town of Newport, who were desirous of returning to their native country as missionica. He was a native African, and was held by Captain Gardner, of Newport, who allowed him to labor for his own benefit, whenever by extra de painfully interested, by conversing with the slaves brought into Newport. Another appeal was made on the subject in 1776. The war of thof his hearers who survive. In the spring of 1780, he returned to Newport. Everything had undergone a melancholy change. The garden of New
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 6. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Personal Sketches and tributes (search)
nt my thoughts dwell rather upon the man than the author. The calamity of his death, felt in both hemispheres, is to me and to all who intimately knew and loved him a heavy personal loss. Under the shadow of this bereavement, in the inner circle of mourning, we sorrow most of all that we shall see his face no more, and long for the touch of a vanished hand, and the sound of a voice that is still. William Ellery Channing Read at the dedication of the Channing Memorial Church at Newport, R. I. Danvers, mass., 3d Mo., 13, 1880. I scarcely need say that I yield to no one in love and reverence for the great and good man whose memory, outliving all prejudices of creed, sect, and party, is the common legacy of Christendom. As the years go on, the value of that legacy will be more and more felt; not so much, perhaps, in doctrine as in spirit, in those utterances of a devout soul which are above and beyond the affirmation or negation of dogma. His ethical severity and Chris