too rampant and spontaneous.”
I was in correspondence with Sumner
, and Garrison
, and was thus thoroughly imbued with all the rancor drawn from such strong anti-slavery sources.
I adhered to Lincoln
, relying on the final outcome of his sense of justice and right.
Every time a good speech on the great issue was made I sent for it. Hence you could find on my table the latest utterances of Giddings
, and one whom I considered grander than all the others -Theodore Parker
and I took such papers as the Chicago Tribune
, New York Tribune
, Anti-Slavery Standard
, Emancipator, and National Era
. On the other side of the question we took the Charleston Mercury
and the Richmond Esquirer.
I also bought a book called “Sociology,” written by one Fitzhugh
, which defended and justified slavery in every conceivable way. In addition I purchased all the leading histories of the slavery movement, and other works which treated on that subject.
himself never bought many books, but he and I both read those I have named.
After reading them we would discuss the questions they touched upon and the ideas they suggested, from our different points of view.
I was never conscious of having made much of an impression on Mr. Lincoln
, nor do I believe I ever changed his views.
I will go further and say, that, from the profound nature of his conclusions and the labored method by which he arrived at them, no man is entitled to the credit of having either changed or greatly modified them.
I remember once, after having read one