The scholar in a republic (1881).
Address at the Centennial Anniversary
of the Phi Beta Kappa
of Harvard College, June 30, 1881.
None of Mr. Phillips
's literary addresses is more characteristic than this, and in none are there more passages parallel with his earlier utterances.
His first address before a strictly academic audience was given at the Commencement of Williams College in 1852, before the Adelphi Society
“His subject,” says a contemporary report, “was the Duty of a Christian Scholar in a Republic.
of the address was this: that the Christian
scholar should utter truth, and labor for right and God, though parties and creeds and institutions and constitutions might be damaged.
His whole address was in the spirit of that sentence of Emerson
: ‘ I am an endless seeker, with no past at my back.’
In 1855 Mr. Phillips
spoke at the Commencement at Dartmouth College, before the United Literary Societies
upon the Duties of Thoughtful Men to the Republic
A correspondent sums up the address as follows: “Mr. Phillips
thought servility was the great danger of the American
scholar, and that as the politician, the press, the pulpit, were faithless, we must place our hope upon the scholars of the country.
Reform must find the strongest advocates and most efficient supporters.
Scholars should leave the heights of contemplation, and come down into the every-day life of the people.”
In 1857 Mr. Phillips
gave the Phi Beta Kappa
address at Yale College on The Republican Scholar of Necessity an Agitator, and arraigned the cowardice of American scholarship.
Substantially the same address was given the same year at the Commencement of Brown University, before the Philomenian and United Brothers' Society.
The sentences which follow and the notes appended to the present address were added by Mr. Phillips
himself when it was brought out in pamphlet form by the publishers of this volume.