ying scene, he testifies himself, I felt perfectly calmnay, very happy.
It seemed to me that it was indeed a blessed privilege thus to suffer in the cause of Christ.
Death did not present one repulsive feature.
The promises of God sustained my soul, so that it was not only divested of fear, but ready to sing for joy.
This same courage enabled him to stigmatize the outrage in his paper according to its deserts, and never for an instant did he alter his tone from any sense of fear.
Harriet Martineau, who was visiting America at this time, gives her impressions of Garrison's appearance and manner.
It was a countenance glowing with health, and wholly expressive of purity, animation and gentleness.
She found sagacity the most striking attribute of his conversation, which was of the most practical cast.
The year 1837 showed a marked improvement in New England sentiment.
While it is true that the Congregational Church protested against the discussion of certain topics in meeting-
wers of influence, persuasion and truth.
And Garrison was the true prophet of such a peaceful method.
He had the genuine spirit of reform which we might do well to accept from him as an inheritance.
He was, indeed, to use his friend Quincy's words, uttered as early as 1838, one of those rare spirits which heaven at distant periods sends upon the earth on holiest missions.
He was, as all such men are, in advance of his time,--too great . . to be a representative man at present, as Harriet Martineau declared, but, she added, his example may raise up a class hereafter.
Such an example is indeed full of inspiration for those who see in the world around them many evils not altogether unrelated to those against which Garrison struggled so long and so faithfully.
But wherever the cause of justice may call us, let us be careful to go in his spirit, for, as one of his fellow-workers truly said, Non-resistance is the temper of mind in which all enterprises for humanity should be underta