And the student of oratory will find no better or safer model than Mr. Phillips
, if he would seek direct, incisive speech, abundance and felicity of illustration, skill in applying truth to present needs, and, above all, the union of the highest gifts of eloquence with lightness of touch, a conversational reality of tone, and language level to the understanding of every hearer.
Such mastery of invective also, keen and graceful as a Damascus blade, it has well been said, lends new meaning to the term “philippic.”
Repeated calls have been made for other speeches of Mr. Phillips
At the time of his death he not only had a further selection in mind, but had revised certain lectures, and had promised a second volume to the present publishers.
This collection, therefore, is intended as a partial fulfilment of his own purpose, no less than as an answer to the popular demand.
It illustrates the wide range of time and topic covered by his interest and his eloquence.
It begins with the earliest of his speeches, delivered nine months before the famous Lovejoy
address which stands first in the other volume, and closes with his last public utterance, his tribute to the memory of Harriet Martineau
An interval of over forty-six years separates the two addresses.
A glance at the table of contents shows how wide a variety of subjects has been treated.
Beside his recognized leadership in the Antislavery movement, he stands forth as an early champion of other reforms,--Woman's Suffrage, the Labor Agitation
, Temperance, and Penal Legislation.
The lighter play of his genius is seen in his “Letter from Naples
” and his “Address to the Boston school children.”
His literary lectures are IV