force, and of commending their cause to the higher powers of influence, persuasion and truth.
was the true prophet of such a peaceful method.
He had the genuine spirit of reform which we might do well to accept from him as an inheritance.
He was, indeed, to use his friend Quincy
's words, uttered as early as 1838, “one of those rare spirits which heaven at distant periods sends upon the earth on holiest missions.”
He was, as all such men are, in advance of his time,--“too great . . to be a representative man at present,” as Harriet Martineau
declared, but, she added, “his example may raise up a class hereafter.”
Such an example is indeed full of inspiration for those who see in the world around them many evils not altogether unrelated to those against which Garrison
struggled so long and so faithfully.
But wherever the cause of justice may call us, let us be careful to go in his spirit, for, as one of his fellow-workers truly said, “Non-resistance is the temper of mind in which all enterprises for humanity should be undertaken.”