philosophic power to perceive that sin was the real evil.
The evils were injustice, cruelty, murder, lust, egoism.
These things he believed to be the outcome of Slavery.
It is not, however, the harshness of language that we are quarreling with.
What displeases us in Garrison
is the element of policy, the wholesale
element in his method.
But let us beware lest in straining at a gnat we swallow a camel; and let us remember that what is offensive to us, physicked the nation.
The young Garrison
, the man of twenty-four, when he discovered Immediate Emancipation, was the vortex of an unseen whirlpool.
Through his brain spun the turbillion.
Something was to break forth; for the power was bursting its envelope.
The flood issued in the form in which we know it — with purposed vilification, with excoriating harshness, with calculated ferocity.
Only in this manner could it issue: the dam could hold the flood no longer, nor lift it into poetic expression.
If you take the great political agitators of the world like Luther, Calvin, Savonarola
, or certain of the English church reformers, you will find that these men always live under a terrible strain, and they generally give way somewhere.
No one can