ve; that their language was too violent, --etc.
Most of these charges appear to-day to contradict the main thesis of the book, and to record merely the nervous petulance of that age.
The Slave Barons and their Boston friends were cut to the heart by Channing's essay.
They denounced him as an even more dangerous enemy than Garrison.
If, at times, we feel dissatisfied with Channing's caution, we should remember that he was a middle-aged man when these problems arose.
Channing was born in 1780; and Anti-slavery was an agony in the blood of young men, in 1829.
I have referred to John Quincy Adams' detestation of slavery.
He was, however, never an Abolitionist, and he did not even favor the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia.
For this latter opinion he had the most fantastic reason; namely that, although the residents of the District had no votes, and were governed by Congress, nevertheless he felt himself to be all the more bound in honor to act during his term i