course, and denounce, as suits them, the other topics which he has chosen to mingle with his main subject; enough for us, in the heat of our conflict, to feel that it has always “been good for us to have been” with him. How can we ever thank him for the clear atmosphere into which he has lifted us!
If of the abolitionist it may be said, with such exceeding measure of truth, that he has broken the shackles of party, thrown down the walls of sect, trampled on the prejudices of his land and time, risen to something like the freedom of a Christian man, something of that perfect toleration which is the fruit only of the highest intellectual and moral culture—how much is all this owing to the influence of such a leader!
My friends, if we never free a slave, we have at least freed ourselves in the effort to emancipate our brother man. (Applause.) From the blindness of American prejudice, the most cruel the sun looks on; from the narrowness of sect; from parties, quibbling over words; we have been redeemed into a full manhood—taught to consecrate life to something worth living for. Life!
what a weariness it is, with its drudgery of education; its little cares of to-day, all to be lived over again to-morrow; its rising, eating, and lying down—only to continue the monotonous routine!
Let us thank God that he has inspired any one to awaken us from being these dull and rotting weeds—revealed to us the joy of self-devotion—taught us how we intensify this life by laying it a willing offering on the altar of some great cause!
We must pass over the speech of Henry Wilson
of the Massachusetts Senate, the future Vice-President
of the United States
—a twelve-years' 2
reader of the Liberator
, acknowledging his debt of gratitude to Mr. Garrison
for his own love of liberty and regard for the rights of man over all the globe; pass, too, over Theodore Parker
's eulogium, and the kindred strains3
of many others, both clergymen and laymen.
a Boston lawyer, Secretary
of the Vigilance Committee, said:
The history of liberty, as it will be read a thousand years5 hence, has not been begun.
Now I wish to ask for a contribution