two forms of the contrast between Garrison
and his age lie close together and merge into each other: yet they are not entirely identical: the first concerns the emotions, the second, the intellect.
Conciliation was the sin of that age. Now this anti-type, this personified enemy of his age,--Garrison
,must in his nature be self-reliant, selfassertive, self-sufficient.
He relates himself to no precedent.
He strikes out from his inner thought.
He is even swords-drawn with his own thought of yesterday.
When he changes his mind he asks God to forgive him for ever having thought otherwise.
His instinct is so thoroughly opposed to any authority except the inner light of conscience, that he makes that conscience-his local, momentary conscience — into a column of smoke sent by the Lord
, not Luther is greater than Garrison
on this side of his nature.
He is not an intellectual person.
He is not a highly educated man. But he is a Will of the first magnitude, a will made perfect, because almost entirely unconscious, almost entirely dedicated and subdued to its mission.
I quote here the whole of the first editorial of the Liberator
(January 1st, 1831), because the whole of Garrison
is in it. In