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Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, Mobs and education. (search)
d the plaudits of Mr. Fay and his friends. What day was it? The anniversary of the martyrdom of the only man whose name stirs the pulses of Europe in this generation. [Derisive laughter.] English statesmen confess never to have read a line of Webster. You may name Seward in Munich and Vienna, in Pesth or in Naples, and vacant eyes will ask you, Who is he? But all Europe, the leaders and the masses, spoke by the lips of Victor Hugo, when he said, The death of Brown is more than Cain killingtion ! That attempt was announced before, from the steps of the Revere House. The unhappy statesman, defeated, heartbroken, sleeps by the solemn waves of the Atlantic. Contempsi Catilinae gladios, non tuos pertimescam. The half omnipotence of Webster we defied; who heeds this pedler's empty wind? How shall we prevent such insolent attempts for the future? Educate the future Fays more thoroughly. Teach them the distinction between duties and dollars. Plant deep in the heart of the masse
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, chapter 18 (search)
nt. Orators floated into fame on one inspired phrase, irrepressible conflict. Jefferson died foreseeing that this was the rock on which we should split. Even Mr. Webster, speaking with bated breath, in the cold chill of 1850, still dared to be a statesman, and offered to meet the South on this question, suggesting a broad plan fmpaign speeches, and his last one. I think he went West, sore at the loss of the nomination, but with too much good sense, perhaps magnanimity, to act over again Webster's sullen part when Taylor stole his rights. Still, Mr. Seward, though philosophic, though keen to analyze and unfold the theory of our politics, is not cunningrightens the people that, in view of it, Mr. Seward, as a practical man, dares not now tell, as he says, what he really thinks and wishes, is the child of his and Webster's insincere idolatry of the Union. To serve party and personal ambition, they made a god of the Union; and to-day their invention returns to plague the inventors
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, chapter 19 (search)
swelled; the tiny leaves showed themselves under the calm eye of Washington, and he laid down in hope. By and by the roots enlarged, and men trembled. Of late, Webster and Clay, Everett and Botts, Seward and Adams, have been anxiously clasping the vase, but the roots have burst abroad at last, and the porcelain is in pieces. [Sve that disunion is gain, peace, and honor. Why is the present hour sunshine? Because, for the first time in our history, we have a North. That event which Mr. Webster anticipated and prophesied has come to pass. In a real, true sense, we have a North. By which I do not mean that the North rules; though, politically speaking have it so. I do not know that the politicians are a whit better now than then. I should not be willing to assert that Seward and Adams are any more honest than Webster and Winthrop, and certainly they have just as much spaniel II their make. But the gain to-day is, we have a people. Under their vigilant eyes, mindful of their
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, chapter 20 (search)
sachusetts. I know that free speech, free toil, school-houses, and ballot-boxes are a pyramid on its broadest base. Nothing that does not sunder the solid globe can disturb it. We defy the world to disturb us. [Cheers.] The little errors that dwell upon our surface, we have medicine in our institutions to cure them all. [Applause.] Therefore there is nothing left for a New England man, nothing but that he shall wipe away the stain which hangs about the toleration of human bondage. As Webster said at Rochester, years and years ago: If I thought that there was a stain upon the remotest hem of the garment of my country, I would devote my utmost labor to wipe it off. [Cheers.] To-day that call is made upon Massachusetts. That is the reason why I dwell so much on the slavery question. I said I believed in the power of the North to conquer; but where does she get it. I do not believe in the power of the North to subdue two millions and a half of Southern men, unless she summons ju
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, chapter 22 (search)
ystery if this nation goes to pieces. It will be God punishing it according to the measure of its sins. Ten years ago the Whig party could have educated it, and so postponed or averted this convulsion. It was left to pass on in its career, and the South finds it divided in sentiment, servile in purpose; our soldiers the servants of rebels; our officers, with shoulder-straps, on the soil of a rebellious State like Virginia, more sycophantic to the slaveholder who comes to their camp, than Webster was in the Senate when Clay threatened him with the lash of Southern insolence, fifteen years ago. If this rebellion cannot shake the North out of her servility, God will keep her in constant agitation until he does shake us into a self-respecting, courageous people, fit to govern ourselves. [Applause.] This war will last just long enough to make us over into men, and when it has done this, we shall conquer with as much ease as the lion takes the tiniest animal in his gripe. If Mr. Linco
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, Letter to the Tribune. (search)
I now believe three things:-- 1. The destruction of slavery is inevitable, whichever section conquers in this struggle. 2. There never can be peace or union till slavery is destroyed. 3. There never can be peace till one government rules from the Gulf to the Lakes; and having wronged the negro for two centuries, we owe him the preservation of the Union to guard his transition from slavery to freedom, and make it short, easy, and perfect. Believing these three things, I accept Webster's sentiment, Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable. Gladly would I serve that Union,--giving it musket, sword, voice, pen,--the best I have. But the Union which has for twenty-five years barred me from its highest privileges by demanding an oath to a proslavery Constitution, still shuts that door in my face; and this administration still clings to a policy which, I think, makes every life now lost in Virginia, and every dollar now spent there, utter waste. I cannot cons
Lydia Maria Child, Letters of Lydia Maria Child (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Winslow Sewall), Index. (search)
y of, against slavery, 132, U. uncle Tom's Cabin, success of, 69; read in Siam, 216. Underwood, John C., expelled from Virginia, 108. Unitarianism a mere half-way house, 189. Unitarians, the, and R. W. Emerson, 34; convocation of, at New York, 189. V. Venus of Milo, the, 172, 218. Victor Hugo's tragedy of John Brown, 173. W. Wallcut, Robert F., 284. War anecdotes, 158, 161, 180, 204. Wasson, David A.. 80, 91. Wayland, Mass., Mrs. Child's home in XV. Webster, Daniel, willing to defend the slave-child Med, 20; statue of, 190; Ichabod, 259. Weiss's (Rev. John) biography of Theodore Parker. 179. Weld, Angelina Grimke, memorial of, 258. Weld, Theodore D., letter to, 258. Westminster Review, The, 202. White, Maria, 50. Whitney, Miss, Anne, letters to, 247, 256; her statue of Samuel Adams, 257. Whittier, John G., biographical sketch of Mrs. Child, v.-xxv., 97; lines to Mrs. Child, on Ellis Gray Loring, 102; annoyed by curiosity-seekers
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, Index. (search)
nes, 54. Village Blacksmith, the, 12. Virgil, 337. Vigilance Committee, the, 139, 145. Voltaire, F. M. A. de, 298, 300, 301, 302, 303, 317, 321. Walker, Captain, 206. Walker, F. A., 26. Walker, James, 56, 110. Walpole, Horace, 280. Ward, G. C., 176. Ward, S. G., 176, 246. Ware, George, 25. Ware, Henry, 138. Ware, Thornton, 29. Ware family, the, 180. Washington, George, 16. Wasson, D. A., 112, 169. Watkins, W. I., 217. Watson, Marston, 78. Webb, Seth, 157. Webster, Daniel, 82, 136, 297. Webster, J. W., 27. Weiss, John, 103, 169. Weld, S. M., 78. Weller, Sam, 334. Wells, W. H., 129. Wells, William, 19, 20, 2x. Wendell, Barrett, 52. Wentworth, Amy, 8. Weyman, Stanley, 29. Whewell, William, 92, 101. Whipple, E. P., 170, 176. White, A. D. , 312. White, Blanco, 183. White, William, 126. White fugitive slaves, 146. Whitman, Walt, 230, 231, 289. Whittier, J. G., 8, 111, 128, 132, 133, 134, 135, 168, 171, 178, 179, 180, 185, 237. Whittier
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter 7: Cambridge in later life (search)
Some of the roads are in point of roughness like donkey-tracks and quite unlike those smooth avenues that surprise the American traveller in Switzerland and in the Scotch mountains. Dorcas was clearly deficient, as her mistress honestly admitted, in gimp. The confession at first bewildered us, since we had never heard of a horse which adorned herself with that feminine appliance. But the discovery of a local phrase is as interesting as that of a local flower, and when, on consulting Webster's Dictionary, we found that beside the gimp of the upholsterers there was another gimp signifying smart, spruce, trim, nice, and found the word farther designated as not in use, it became a matter of great satisfaction to find it still lingering in the highlands of New Hampshire. It was as if we had picked up an Indian tomahawk at the site of the aboriginal village on Baker's River; it was like a botanical find, as when we brought home great purple orchises from Campton Bog, or harebells f
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Index. (search)
, Henry D., 119; Channing on, 42, 43; described, 94; works of, 105. Todd, Mabel Loomis, letters to, 331. Tracys, the, of Newburyport, 7. Tubman, Harriet, fugitive slave, 81, Tukey, Marshal, and temperance, 41, 42. U Urso, Camille, violinist, 243. V Verney, Capt., 281, 282. Victoria, Queen, 289; reviews troops, 278, 279. W Ward, Col., 178, 180. Wards, the, and Jenny Lind, 39, 40. Warners, C. D., 270, 271. Waterhouse, Dr., 13. Watson, Marston, 52, 53. Webster, Daniel, criticism of, 90. Weiss, Rev., John, sketch of, 24-26, 271. Wheeler, Capt., 177. Whitney, Anne, description of, 115, Whittier, J. G., 72; visit to, 7, 8; conversation with, 8-11; W. Phillips on, 11; description of, 93, 107. Willard, Dr., of the navy, 212. Woman's Suffrage, Washington Convention, 263; meetings, 265, 270. Worcester, Mass., Disunion Convention at, 77-79; preparations for war, 154, 169-81; return of Sixth Mass. Vols., 155, 156. Wordsworth, William,
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