a parallel in history since Luther.
This boy created and marshalled it. His converts held it up and carried it on. Before this, all through the preceding century, there had been among us scattered and single Abolitionists, earnest and able men,--sometimes, like Wythe
, in high places.
and Covenanters had never intermitted their testimony against slavery.
was the first man to begin a movement
designed to annihilate slavery.
He announced the principle, arranged the method, gathered the forces, enkindled the zeal, started the argument, and finally marshalled the nation for and against the system in a conflict that came near rending the Union
I marvel again at the instinctive sagacity which discerned the hidden forces fit for such a movement, called them forth, and wielded them to such prompt results.
said, “Give me a spot and I will move the world.”
leaned back on three millions of Irishmen, all on fire with sympathy.
's hands were held up by the whole manufacturing interest of Great Britain
; his treasury was the wealth of the middle classes of the country; and behind him also, in fair proportion, stood the religious convictions of England
Marvellous was their agitation; as you gaze upon it in its successive stages and analyze it, you are astonished at what they invented for tools.
But this boy stood alone, utterly alone, at first.
There was no sympathy anywhere; his hands were empty; one single penniless comrade was his only helper.. Starving on bread and water, he could command the use of types, that was all. Trade endeavored to crush him; the intellectual life of America
My friend Weld
has said the Church
was a thick bank of black cloud looming over him. Yes.
But no sooner did the Church
discern the impetuous boy's purpose than out