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[481] As I have nothing to offer in return but my grateful acknowledgments, I must ever remain your debtor. If, however, at any time or in any way, I can be of service to you, it will give me great pleasure to perform it.


Theodore Parker to W. L. Garrison.

Boston, January 31, 1859.
1 I thank you heartily for your very kind note, and beg you to come and let me take you by the hand once more before we go. I can't talk much, so let me say now a brief word with the pen.

I knew you long before you ever heard of me, and often heard you speak—never without instruction and admiration. Three men now living have done New England and the North great service. They are quite unlike, but all are soldiers in the same great cause—Wm. L. Garrison, Horace Mann, and R. W. Emerson. You took the most dangerous and difficult part, and no soldier ever fought with more gallant hardihood, no martyr ever more nobly bore what came as the earthly reward of his nobleness. The great work of a great man— Himself, his character—that is sure to do its work though his special labors fail of immediate triumph. I am to thank you for what your character has taught me—it has been a continual Gospel of Strength. I value Integrity above all human virtues. I never knew yours fail—no, nor even falter. God bless you for it!

But it is getting late, and I must write no more, or Dr. Cabot2 will ask, ‘What brought your pulse up so high?’ Remember me kindly to your wife and your children, to Mr. Wallcut, Mr.3 May, Mr. Nell, and the Yerrintons, at the office, and believe me

Affectionately and thankfully yours,


All these losses to the working strength of the abolition body were in the course of nature. When we turn to the political opposition to the Slave Power, we behold a woful spiritual falling off caused by the approaching election. No matter of what party or epoch, our politicians have alternately shrunk and expanded as they had or had not visions of the White House. We may liken them to the

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