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[86] Godspeed without a word of disapproval. If there was any inconsistency in this behavior it was certainly very natural-very humanand he must be indeed a very rigid moralist who would refuse to excuse it. We all remember the story of the lady who, under most provoking circumstances, thanked a neighbor for swearing for her, and if Garrison even went so far as to rejoice over the victories of an army committed to emancipation, it was not a very heinous crime. But his general course during these difficult days seems to me absolutely consistent and praiseworthy. His defense, which we have already considered in another chapter, is impregnable. He was living among people who did not accept his standards of right and wrong. If they chose to fight over an issue which he thought should be settled peaceably, he could not but hope that the side of Abolition would triumph.

Was war the best method of abolishing slavery? Was it a moral method? Was it the most efficient? As to its morality, the North is practically unanimous; but, then, so too is the South, and on the other side! This fact ought perhaps to disturb our confidence. Thousands of men and women who disapprove of most wars would make an exception of this, the holy war par excellence waged for the liberation of an enslaved

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