to that of all the others combined.
She has the great honor of having always seen truth one generation ahead; and so consistent was she, so keen of insight, that there is no need of going back to explain by circumstances in order to justify the actions of her life.
This can hardly be said of any great Englishman, even by his admirers.
We place the statue here in Boston
because she has made herself an American.
She passed through this city on the very day when the father of my honored friend was mobbed on State Street. Her friends feared to tell her the truth when she asked what the immense crowd were doing, and dissimulated by saying it was post-time, and the throng were hurrying to the office for the mail.
Afterwards, when she heard of the mob and its action, horror-struck, she turned for an explanation to her host, the honored president of a neighboring university; and even he was American enough to assure her that no harm could come from such a gathering; said it was not a mob, it was a collection, or gathering.
had been welcomed all over America
She had been received by Calhoun
in South Carolina
, the Chief-Justice
had welcomed her at his mansion.
But she went through the South
concealing no repugnance, making her obeisance to no idol.
She never bowed anywhere to the aristocracy of accident.
This brave head and heart held its own throughout that journey.
She came here to gain a personal knowledge of the Abolitionists, and her first experience was with the mob on State Street. Of course she expressed all the horror which a gallant soul would feel.
You may speak of the magnanimity and courage of Harriet Martineau
; but the first element is her rectitude of purpose, of which was born that true instinct which saw through all tilings.
We have had Englishmen come here who were clear-sighted enough to say true words