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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 4: Enlistment for life (search)
of feathers, and I confess I was quite unwilling to undergo a martyrdom which my best friends could scarcely refrain from laughing at. But a summons like that of Garrison's bugle-blast could scarcely be unheeded by me who from birth and education held fast the traditions of that earlier abolitionism which, under the lead of Benezehusiasm; all had the earnestness which might be expected of men engaged in an enterprise beset with difficulty, and perhaps peril. The fine intellectual head of Garrison, prematurely bald, was conspicuous; the sunny-faced young man at his side, in whom all the beatitudes seemed to find expression, was Samuel J. May, mingling in h reputation as a poet, made him quite a noticeable feature of the convention. Whittier was now enlisted for life in the antislavery body, and his feeling for Garrison reached its high-water mark at this convention; and is recorded in verses of which these are a part:-- To W. L. G. Champion of those who groan beneath Oppress
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 5: the school of mobs (search)
for the abolition of slavery in the English colonies, and who came to America by invitation of Garrison. He acted on the fine principle laid down for all time by the so-called infidel Thomas Paine, w, it remained a mystery to all except the abolitionists. Underwood's Whittier, pp. 118-20. Garrison wrote of the Concord mob to his brother-in-law, Sept. 12, 1835, Our brother Thompson had a narr, and Whittier was pelted with mud and stones, but he escaped bodily damage. Thompson wrote to Garrison, Sept. 15:-- You would have been delighted to have shared our adventures in Concord (?) onxpectation and less desire to be stoned by proxy, but such is the fruit of keeping bad company. Garrison's life, I. 520. Next followed the Garrison mob, properly so called, during which Whittier hynching George Thompson by proxy, as he expresses it, in a bit of harmless board. Whittier saw Garrison hurried through the street with a rope round him, and taken for safety to jail, where Whittier
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 6: a division in the ranks (search)
der of the antislavery movement was of course Garrison, and he had been Whittier's especial guide anst of these points Whittier was as radical as Garrison, but he was by temperament more strictly execat question of voting or non-voting, and here Garrison's disunion attitude, in itself logical enoughsession of those who could not wholly support Garrison, was an act which divided families and left sthe leader among the antislavery women as was Garrison among the men. In short, the question of umen, as non-voters, was thrown on the side of Garrison and his party, whereas the voting abolitionisthes. Garrison's life, III. 35. How far Garrison did justice to the real strength of Whittier'er freely endorsed the prevalent criticism of Garrison as dictatorial; and when Garrison's foremost Garrison's foremost counsellor among antislavery women Mrs. Chapman, used the phrases she employed about Whittier. But in his letter, made this companion tribute to Garrison:-- I must not close this letter without [13 more...]