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ator again called attention to the bill, whereupon Judge Hoar promised him that it should not be lost, at the same time kissing the Senator's hand. About ten minutes before his death, he called Judge Hoar and said: Tell Emerson I love and revere him. The Judge answered, I will tell Emerson you love and revere him, for he has told me you had the whitest soul he ever knew. During his great pain he would exclaim, I am so tired; this can't last long. Among those who called was Frederick Douglass, but the Senator was then too far gone to recognize him. A little before 2 o'clock, Mr. Sumner apparently fell asleep; but he soon awoke and seemed better. His friends hoped a change for the better had taken place, but it soon became apparent he was rapidly sinking, while he was evidently suffering less pain. Towards the end, it is said, he was entirely conscious, and recognized all around him. At 2.50 o'clock, Dr. Lincoln had his hand on the Senator's pulse while George T. Downing w
Ii. The Boston Daily Advertiser thus describes the public obsequies of Friday at the Capitol:— The scene at the residence was the most unusual. There was no relative present and yet the house was filled with mourners. The Massachusetts delegation, with their families, assembled early and went with the remains to the Capitol. A great assemblage of colored men, headed by Fred. Douglass, followed the hearse, and after them came carriages with the committees and mourners. The coffin was placed in the centre of the rotunda, the outer cover removed, a plate glass covering the entire top of the coffin, and the features and figure of Mr. Sumner were clearly exposed. He was dressed in a full suit of black, with his hand on his breast, as he had so often held it while speaking. The features were not entirely natural, but there was far less change than all his friends had feared. There was a great profusion of choice flowers upon and around the coffin, some from the White House a
Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 2, Chapter 5: shall the Liberator lead—1839. (search)
before May 1. In the meantime, as a specially appointed agent of the Society, Lib. 9.71. Mr. Garrison entered upon an active lecturing tour in Plymouth, Bristol, At New Bedford, on the evening of April 15 (Lib. 9: 66), Mr. Garrison had Frederick Douglass, a six-months' freeman, among his auditors. The future great negro orator thus describes his impressions in his Life and Times (ed. 1882, p. 214): Soon after becoming a reader of the Liberator, it was my privilege to listen to a lecture iou are the man—the Moses raised up by God to deliver his modern Israel from bondage, was the spontaneous feeling of my heart as I sat away back in the hall and listened to his mighty words— mighty in truth, mighty in their simple earnestness. Mr. Douglass's account is certainly tinged by his general recollection of Mr. Garrison's views at this period. The latter was speaking not only as an abolitionist, but as an agent. Worcester, Middlesex, and Essex Counties, everywhere strengthening the fri
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, Mobs and education. (search)
ch undertake to know, style him the rightful Chairman. And when Mr. Douglass, in common courtesy, handed him a glass of water, Mr. Fay says, this Mr. Fay! A glass of water is his title to office, and Mr. Frederick Douglass is authorized to confer it. And then commences an exhibi motion to adjourn. Mr. Fay puts it. While he is doing so, Mr. Frederick Douglass addresses him. He turns, introduces Mr. Douglass to the audMr. Douglass to the audience, and gives him the floor, ignorant again-ignorant again — that a motion to adjourn is not debatable. Some one in the audience, while MrMr. Douglass is speaking, reminds him there is a motion before the house. This vigilant Chairman waves the speaker aside, puts the motion to adjourn, declares it carried, and then introduces Mr. Douglass again to this adjourned Convention, and bids him remember the rule of the call, ta dead Convention sits and listens half an hour to a speech from Mr. Douglass. Whereafter, another man makes a motion to adjourn; he puts it,
Lydia Maria Child, Letters of Lydia Maria Child (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Winslow Sewall), To Theodore D. Weld. (search)
d, The abolitionists exaggerate the evil; they do not know whereof they affirm; and in response up rose Angelina and her sister Sarah, shrinking from the task imposed upon them by conscience, but upheld by the divine power of truth to deliver this message to the world: We know whereof we affirm; for we were born and bred in South Carolina; and we know that abolitionists have not told, and could not tell, half the horrors of slavery. Then, like a cloud full of thunder and lightning, Frederick Douglass loomed above the horizon. He knew whereof he affirmed, for he had been a slave. Congress seemed in danger of becoming a mere den of thieves, when Daniel Webster walked out with Ichabod written on his garments; and, strong in moral majesty, in walked Charles Sumner, a man so honest and pure that he could not see any other line than a straight one. What if the pulpits were silent? Theodore Parker, that Boanerges of the clerical ranks, spoke in tones strong and far-reaching as a thous
Lydia Maria Child, Letters of Lydia Maria Child (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Winslow Sewall), Index. (search)
158: donations for, 165. Conway, Martin F., of Kansas, 168. Correggio's Diana, Toschi's engraving of, 70. Countess of Rudolstaat, The, a novel, 62. Crawford, Mr., of London, 12. Cumaean Sibyl, by Domenichino, 57. Curtis, George William, 79: oration of, 85 ; conducts Sunday services, 233; letter on caucus dictation, 252. D. Davis, Jeff., 152. De Stael, Madame, 247. Devens, Charles, redeems Thomas Sims from slavery, 189. Domenichino's Cumaean Sibyl, 57. Douglass, Frederick, 259. Draft riots of 1863 in New York, 178. Dresel, Mrs., Anna Loring, letter to, 191. Dresser, Amos, publicly flogged at Nashville, Tenn., 184. Dwight, John S., 29, 37, 50. E. Eclectic review, The, VIII. Education of women in Egypt and India, the, 212, 213. Elssler, Fanny, 385. Emancipation Proclamation, 171. Emerson, Ralph Waldo, attitude of the Unitarians towards, 34; sends Mrs. Child his Essays, 57; speaks at a mobbed anti-slavery meeting, 149. Emerson
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 6 (search)
eady gone far in the same direction, under the influence of his wife; and her brother William, moreover, who had been for a time my schoolmate, had left all and devoted himself to anti-slavery lecturing. He it was who, when on a tour with Frederick Douglass at the West, was entertained with him at a house where there was but one spare bed. To some apologies by the hostess the ever ready and imperial Douglass answered, with superb dignity, Do not apologize, madam; I have not the slightest prejuDouglass answered, with superb dignity, Do not apologize, madam; I have not the slightest prejudice against color. This was the condition of things then prevailing around Boston; and when I went to live in Newburyport the same point of view soon presented itself in another form. The parish, which at first welcomed me, counted among its strongest supporters a group of retired seacap-tains who had traded with Charleston and New Orleans, and more than one of whom had found himself obliged, after sailing from a Southern port, to put back in order to eject some runaway slave from his lower
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 8 (search)
had, in order to test the matter, placed the names of Elizabeth Peabody and Mary Lowell Putnam — Lowell's sister, and also well known as a writer — on the nomination book. Emerson himself, with one of those serene and lofty coups d'etat of which only the saints are capable, took a pen and erased these names, although the question had not yet come up for decision, but was still pending when the erasure was made. Another vexed subject was the admission of colored members, the names of Frederick Douglass and Charles Lenox Remond being proposed. This Lowell strongly favored, but wrote to me that he thought Emerson would vote against it; indeed, Emerson, as he himself admitted to me, was one of that minority of anti-slavery men who confessed to a mild natural colorphobia, controlled only by moral conviction. These names were afterwards withdrawn; but the Town and Country Club died a natural death before the question of admitting women was finally settled. That matter was not, howev
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 13 (search)
ssing upon heart and conscience, for the speaking to be otherwise than alive. It carried men away as with a flood. Fame is never wide or retentive enough to preserve the names of more than two or three leaders: Bright and Cobden in the anticorn-law movement; Clarkson and Wilberforce in that which carried West India Emancipation; Garrison, Phillips, and John Brown in the great American agitation. But there were constantly to be heard in anti-slavery meetings such minor speakers as Parker, Douglass, William Henry Channing, Burleigh, Foster, May, Remond, Pillsbury, Lucretia Mott, Abby Kelley,--each one holding the audience, each one making converts. How could eloquence not be present there, when we had not time to think of eloquence?--as Clarkson under similar circumstances said that he had not time to think of the welfare of his soul. I know that my own teachers were the slave women who came shyly before the audience, women perhaps as white as my own sisters,--Ellen Craft was quite
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, Index. (search)
arles, 194, 272, 283, 284, 285, 286, 292, 296. Darwin, Mrs., Charles, 284. Davis, C. H., 19. Davis, Helen, 18. Davis, Margaret, 37. Demosthenes, 298. De Quincey, Thomas, 102. Deschanel, Emile, 301, 303. Devens, Charles, 48, 74, 141, 247. Devens, Mary, 74. De Vere, Aubrey, 272. Dial, The, 114. Dicey, Albert, 97. Dickens, Charles, 187, 234. Discharged convict, reform of, 191. Dix, Dorothea L., 264. Dobson, Susanna, S5. Dombey, Paul, 187. Douglas, S. A., 239. Douglass, Frederick, 127, 173, 327. Downes, Commodore, 242. Doy, Doctor, 233. Drew Thomas, z56, 163. Du Maurier, George, 289. Durant, H. F., 63, 88. Dwight, John, 18. Edgeworth, Maria, 15. Eleanore, Tennyson's, 296. Elizabeth, Queen, 7. Ellis, A. J., 284. Ellis, C. M., 142. Emerson, R. W., 23, 36, 53, 67, 69, 77, 87, 91, 92, 95, 000, III, 115, 118, 168, 169, 170, 171, 173, 174, 176, 180, 182, 185, 190, 204, 244, 272, 279, 297, 327, 331, 332, 341, 359. Emigrant Aid Society, The, 196.
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