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Lydia Maria Child, Isaac T. Hopper: a true life, The slave of Dr. Rich. (search)
ans all free from prejudice against color; and in later times, I think they have not proved themselves at all superior to other sects in their feelings and practice on this subject. Friend Hopper, Joseph Carpenter, and the few who resemble them in this respect, are exceptions to the general character of modern Quakers, not the rule. The following very characteristic anecdote shows how completely Isaac was free from prejudice on account of complexion. It is an unusual thing to see a colored Quaker; for the African temperament is fervid and impressible, and requires more exciting forms of religion. David Maps and his wife, a very worthy couple, were the only colored members of the Yearly Meeting to which Isaac T. Hopper belonged. On the occasion of the annual gathering in Philadelphia, they came with other members of the Society to share the hospitality of his house. A question arose in the family whether Friends of white complexion would object to eating with them. Leave that to m
Lydia Maria Child, Isaac T. Hopper: a true life, The Uncomplimentary invitation. (search)
riend Hopper, you have mistaken the house. No, I have not, he replied. But that is a house of notorious ill fame, said the gentleman. I know it, rejoined he; but nevertheless I have business here. His acquaintance looked surprised, but passed on without further query. A colored girl came to the door. To the inquiry whether her mistress was within, she answered in the affirmative. Tell her I wish to see her, said Friend Hopper. The girl was evidently astonished at a visitor in Quaker costume, and of such grave demeanor; but she went and did the errand. A message was returned that her mistress was engaged and could not see any one. Where is she? he inquired. The girl replied that she was up-stairs. I will go to her, said the importunate messenger. The mistress of the house heard him, and leaning over the balustrade of the stairs, she screamed out, What do you want with me, sir? In very loud tones he answered, James Simpson, a minister of the Society of Friends,
Lydia Maria Child, Isaac T. Hopper: a true life, The Umbrella girl. (search)
inquired into the merits of the case, replied Friend Hopper. By this kind of thoughtlessness, many a young creature is driven into the downward path, who might easily have been saved. The kind-hearted man next proceeded to the hotel, and with Quaker simplicity of speech inquired for Henry Stuart. The servant said his lordship had not yet risen. Tell him my business is of importance, said Friend Hopper. The servant soon returned and conducted him to the chamber. The nobleman appeared surprised that a stranger, in the plain Quaker costume, should thus intrude upon his luxurious privacy. When he heard his errand, he blushed deeply, and frankly admitted the truth of the girl's statement. His benevolent visitor took the opportunity to bear a testimony against the selfishness and sin of profligacy. He did it in such a kind and fatherly manner, that the young man's heart was touched. He excused himself, by saying that he would not have tampered with the girl, if he had known her
Lydia Maria Child, Isaac T. Hopper: a true life, The two young offenders. (search)
hey can. Those who are well acquainted with Quaker views, are aware that by the inward light, theyoung man, descended from a highly respectable Quaker family in New-Jersey, went to South Carolina a sins. Thy friend, I. T. H. The worthy old Quaker in New-Jersey was not aware of his son's villed in the Society. Sometimes when he attended Quaker meetings during the early portion of his visit characteristic openness. When a stranger, in Quaker costume introduced himself, and invited him t. As if convicting an honest and kind-hearted Quaker of being accomplice in a felony could do anyth, and Charles Marriott were excommunicated; in Quaker phrase, disowned. I thus expressed myself and said, I would trust the countenance of that Quaker gentleman anywhere. Let us go with him. Theyy educated under influences totally foreign to Quaker principles, he was somewhat disturbed. But heo remember everybody in the distribution. His Quaker library was left in the care of his children, [11 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Hon. James Murray Mason, of Mason & Slidell fame. (search)
but feel the pride of birth and a sense that he had an escutcheon never to be stained, always to be kept in honor. But he had no other pride of family than that which required of him every attainment and every virtue to maintain his position in society and his relations to the State. He was far above the boasting of his blood. Philadelphia, at that day, was not only the cleanest city in the world, with the best founded and governed municipal institutions on this continent, under strict Quaker regime, but had a society of the world, the most cultivated in all its grades. Mr. Mason had free access to that society, sought it, and availed himself of all its advantages. Among other families of high grace and decorum, he was happily intimate in that of the eminent Benjamin Chew, of Germantown, whose house was battered by the balls of the Revolution; and early after graduating in the profession of the law he wedded one of the proudest daughters of that house. It was not a case of nob
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 17: the woman suffrage movement (search)
cene. In the early summer of the year 1868, the Sorosis of New York issued a call for a congress of women to be held in that city in the autumn of the same year. Many names, some known, others unknown to me, were appended to the document first sent forth in this intention. My own was asked for. Should I give or withhold it? Among the signatures already obtained, I saw that of Maria Mitchell, and this determined me to give my own. Who was Maria Mitchell? A woman from Nantucket, and of Quaker origin, who had been brought to public notice by her discovery of a new comet, a service which the King of Denmark had offered to reward with a gold medal. This prize was secured for her through the intervention of Hon. Edward Everett. She had also been appointed Professor of Astronomy at Vassar College. What was Maria Mitchell? A gifted, noble, lovable woman, devoted to science, but heartloyal to every social and personal duty. I seemed to know this of her when I knew her but slightl
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 3. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Anti-Slavery Poems (search)
thers taught the arm And sword of temporal power to serve them. Oh, glorious days, when Church and State Were wedded by your spiritual fathers! And on submissive shoulders sat Your Wilsons and your Cotton Mathers. No vile ‘itinerant ’ then could mar The beauty of your tranquil Zion, But at his peril of the scar Of hangman's whip and branding-iron. Then, wholesome laws relieved the Church Of heretic and mischief-maker, And priest and bailiff joined in search, By turns, of Papist, witch, and Quaker! The stocks were at each church's door, The gallows stood on Boston Common, A Papist's ears the pillory bore,— The gallows-rope, a Quaker woman! Your fathers dealt not as ye deal With ‘ non-professing ’ frantic teachers; They bored the tongue with red-hot steel, And flayed the backs of ‘female preachers.’ Old Hampton, had her fields a tongue, And Salem's streets could tell their story, Of fainting woman dragged along, Gashed by the whip accursed and gory! And will ye ask me, why t
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 4. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Occasional Poems (search)
self-wounding, perversity blind: On himself fell the stain for the Quaker designed! For the sake of his true-hearted father before him; For the sake of the dear Quaker mother that bore him; For the sake of his gifts, and the works that out-live him, And his brave words for freedom, we freely forgive him! There are those who takcredit I am taking; I kept each sectary's dish apart, No spiritual chowder making. Where now the blending signs of sect Would puzzle their assorter, The dry-shod Quaker kept the land, The Baptist held the water. A common coat now serves for both, The hat's no more a fixture; And which was wet and which was dry, Who knows in such of June! Bless the young hands that culled the gift, And bless the hearts that prompted it; If undeserved it comes, at least It seems not all unfit. Of old my Quaker ancestors Had gifts of forty stripes save one; To-day as many roses crown The gray head of their son. And with them, to my fancy's eye, The fresh-faced givers sm
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 4. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Appendix (search)
Folks now, she don't know what to do. But I must say I think it strange that thee and Mrs. Spaulding, Whose lives with Calvin's five-railed creed have been so tightly walled in, Should quit your Puritan homes, and take the pains to go So far, with malice aforethought, to walk in a vain show Did Emmons hunt for pictures? Was Jonathan Edwards peeping Into the chambers of imagery, with maids for Tammuz weeping? Ah well! the times are sadly changed, and I myself am feeling The wicked world my Quaker coat from off my shoulders peeling. God grant that in the strange new sea of change wherein we swim, We still may keep the good old plank, of simple faith in Him! Lines on leaving Appledore. [sent in a letter to Celia Thaxter.] Under the shadow of a cloud, the light Died out upon the waters, like a smile Chased from a face by grief. Following the flight Of a lone bird that, scudding with the breeze, Dipped its crank wing in leaden-colored seas, I saw in sunshine lifted, clear and b
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 5. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Margaret Smith's Journal (search)
odwife Stone said she was sure she could not tell what brought that Quaker girl to her house so much, unless she meant to inveigle Elnathan; ns. September 18. Meeting much disturbed yesterday,—a ranting Quaker coming in and sitting with his hat on in sermon time, humming and gning, and sent out of the jurisdiction. I was told he was no true Quaker; for, although a noisy, brawling hanger — on at their meetings, he ion, and, calling me to him, he asked me if I too was going to turn Quaker, and fall to prophesying? Whereat I was not a little amazed; and wrest until he had seen forty stripes save one laid upon that cursed Quaker, and that he should go to the gallows yet for his sauciness. So thife to the meeting, which was held in a large house of one of their Quaker neighbors. About a score of grave, decent people did meet there, sm, the shape said, Thou sayest well, for here be neither Priest nor Quaker, Jew nor Gentile, but all are one in the Lord. Then he awoke, and
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