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[474] before God—a great sinner; yet, while I will not cease reprobating his horrible injustice, I will let him see that in my heart there is no desire to do him harm,—that I wish to bless him here, and bless him everlastingly,—and that I have no other weapon to wield against him but the simple truth of God, which is the great instrument for the overthrow of all iniquity, and the salvation of the world.

Peace seemed a proper theme for Mr. Garrison when occupying Theodore Parker's pulpit in Music Hall on May 30, 1858, as a substitute:

Theodore Parker to W. L. Garrison.

Boston, June 3, 1858.
1 My dear Mr. Garrison: I owe you many thanks for standing in my place and preaching the able discourse of last Sunday. I am glad, also, that you took that theme on which we probably differ most; for though I don't think with you thereon, I yet wish your views to be ably set forth before those who listen to me.

Please accept the pecuniary consideration, also, with the hearty thanks of

Yours faithfully,


W. L. Garrison to Theodore Parker.

14 Dix Place, June 3, 1858.
2 My dear Mr. Parker: I am greatly obliged to you for your kind note—so characteristic of your catholic spirit in all matters pertaining to an honest and conscientious difference of opinion. Be assured, if I had supposed you would have felt averse to a religious presentation to your people of my views on the subject of peace, I should not have done so. Be true to your own convictions, and I will try to be true to mine—holding the mind open to receive any new light that may be shed in any direction.

As to the pecuniary ‘consideration’ enclosed in your note for my discourse, I return it with thankfulness—

1. Because I never thought, and cannot think, of receiving a farthing on that score.


1 Ms.

2 Ms.

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