and his example did much to puncture the American
tradition of high-flown oratory.
He was an expert in virulent denunciation, passionately unfair beneath his mask of conversational decorum, an aristocratic demagogue.
He is still distrusted and hated by the Brahmin class of his own city, still adored by the children and grandchildren of slaves.
, like Edward Everett
, seems sinking into popular oblivion, in spite of the statues and portraits and massive volumes of erudite and caustic and high-minded orations.
He may be seen at his best in such books as Longfellow
's Journal and correspondence
and the Life and letters
of George Ticknor
There one has a pleasant picture of a booklover, traveler, and friend.
But in his public speech he was arrogant, unsympathetic, domineering.
is my idea of a bishop,” said Lincoln
There are bishops and bishops, however, and if Henry Ward Beecher
, whom Lincoln
and hosts of other Americans
admired, had only belonged to the Church of England, what an admirable Victorian bishop he might have made!
Perhaps his best service to the cause of union was rendered by his speeches in England
, where he fairly mobbed the mob and won them by his wit, courage, and by