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John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Chapter 2: the Background (search)
ame and face of Divine Life. It makes the limbs strong and the mind capable; it strengthens the stomach and supports the intestines. Cramp this emotion, and you will have a half-dead man, whose children will be less well-nourished than himself. It is hard to imagine the falsetto condition of life in the Northern States in 1829; --the lack of spontaneity and naturalness about everybody, so far as externals went, and the presence of extreme solicitude in the bottom of everybody's heart. Emerson speaks in his journal (1834) of the fine manners of the young Southerners, brought up amidst slavery, and of the deference which Northerners, both old and young, habitually paid to the people of the South. It seems to have been regarded as a social duty at the North to shield the feelings of Southerners, and, as it were, to apologize for not owning slaves. The feelings of the Northern philanthropist, however, were never regarded with delicacy. On the contrary it was thought to be his dut
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Chapter 3: the figure (search)
present. The tone and substance of this address are strikingly like those of Emerson's Phi Beta Kappa address (delivered six years later), in which Emerson made hiEmerson made his manly salutatory to his age. Garrison's words are as follows:-- I speak not as a partisan or an opponent of any man or measures, when I say that our politics cheeks with burning blushes of shame. Let us now take a few sentences from Emerson's Phi Beta Kappa address: The spirit of the American freeman is already there abide, the huge world will come round to him. The difference between Emerson and Garrison is that Emerson is interested in aesthetic, Garrison in social maEmerson is interested in aesthetic, Garrison in social matters. The one represents the world of intellect, the other, the world of feeling. Both speak the same idea, each according to his own idiom. Both are, in essencence is that Garrison has seen the evil plainly, and has laid his hand upon it; Emerson was to live in ignorance of its specific nature for many years to come. I sha
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Chapter 4: pictures of the struggle (search)
Never shall I forget his words, look and whole appearance. I then and there saw the beauty, the magnanimity, the humility of a truly great Christian soul. He was exalted in my esteem more even than before. Surely this is as moving an appeal as one man ever made to another; and the figures of May and Channing seem to stand as in a bas-relief symbolizing the old and the new generation. Are the caverns of Antislavery controversy strewn with fragments of such marble as this? I know that Emerson used to say that eloquence was dog-cheap at Anti-slavery meetings; but I did not expect to find gestures so sublime or episodes so moving. The figures of Hebrew historyof Jacob and Joseph, of Nathan and David, of Hagar and Ishmael — rise before us in their solemn, soul-subduing reality; and are one in spirit with these Anti-slavery scenes. My shelves are lined with books about Saint Francis of Assisi; my walls are papered with photographs of men of genius in Florence, and of saints in S
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Chapter 9: Garrison and Emerson. (search)
ead; Garrison determined to remake the world, Emerson convinced that he must keep his eyes on the sbadly crippled for lack of a philosopher; and Emerson's influence has always stood in need of more to Ignatius Loyola in respect to their will. Emerson writes in his journal in 1834: The phibetter than Garrison, the man of action. But Emerson knew the world only in spots. His diary showowever, no condescension in either passage. Emerson was the last man in the world to feel condesc word, for a martyr of an unpopular Cause. Dr. Emerson cites this episode twice over, once in the ime shall come when the fire shall descend on Emerson and he shall tear his mantle and put dust upo his veins, you must turn to the address that Emerson delivered at Cooper Union in New York on Marcry, slavery! Now it seems to me clear that Emerson had, from the beginning, been dealing with sortheless, the small, inner, silver trumpet of Emerson caught and sounded the same note; and it cont[58 more...]
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Index (search)
nents of, 199, 200; leaders in,200;a disease, 228; G. the leader of, 242. And see Abolitionists, Anti-slavery,Channing, Emerson, R. W., May, S. J. Abolitionists, and free speech, 27; W. E. Channing and, 27, 28, 88; and Turner's rebellion, 51, 52 ff.; conservative, form the New Organization, 153; quarrels among, 177 ff.; discovered the horrors of slavery, 188; and Emerson, 226, 227; certain ante-bellum doings of, 244 if.; and English liberals, 249, 250. And see Abolition, Antislavery, Lunt15, 16, 140ff., 168ff., 172, 173; publicly burned by G., 174. Constitutional Convention (1787), 9, 13. Cooper Union, Emerson's speech at, 234 ff. Copley, Josiah, quoted, 57. Cottage Bible, the, 76. Crandall, Prudence, case of, 70 if., i. Emancipation, Immediate, G. the apostle of, 47; genesis of, 47, 48; 238. Emancipator, the, quoted, 148-150. Emerson, Edward W., quotes, 231. Emerson, R. W., on the relations of North and South, 18; his Phi Beta Kappa address (1835) and G.'