retorted bitterly and offensively.
In the Presidential canvass he had no heart and took no side.
affiliations kept him from supporting Taylor
, and for Cass
he lacked the philosophy of Douglas
, who advised the South2
generally to prefer doughface Presidents
., Northern men with Southern principles.
If the Wilmot Proviso
ever becomes a law, said this sagacious politician, it will be by the signature of a Southern President
‘You [of the South
] may get the man
, and they [of the North
] the measure
The election of Taylor
—a necessary choice of evils— had its chief significance for the abolitionists in the fact that his slaveholding gave no offence to the country at large.
The Congressional debates of the year, touching every aspect of the slavery question, had vastly assisted their labors in moulding public sentiment.
Their preeminent ally in that arena, John Quincy Adams
, had, indeed,3
been taken away by death; but his place had been more than made good by Giddings
, and Hale
, as could be measured by their action to rid the District
and the slave-trade.
might well have left on record his deliberate judgment of the ex-President
, but he chose rather to refer his readers to Theodore Parker
's sermon upon him, tempering its excessive praise of his anti-slavery career by the nice, but absolutely just, qualification—‘In Mr. Adams
, the slave
never had a champion.’5
Chance, not long after, gave him an opportunity to revise his opinion of Dr. Channing
He read with great interest, and with much admiration for the execution of6
the work, William Henry Channing
's Memoir of his uncle, upon its appearance.
The following analysis of the character of the man whose hearty, personal cooperation Mr. Garrison
had longed to secure, and who had met with silence the only advances that could in delicacy be made7
for an interview that might remove mutual misunderstanding, is perhaps not likely to be superseded.
Its criticism is also, it need hardly be remarked, unconscious self-portraiture: