To Miss Lucy Osgood. Wayland, October 28, 1856.
Did you take note of T. W. Higginson's sermon to the people of Lawrence, in Kansas?
His text was from the Prophet Nehemiah, commanding the people to fight for their wives, their children, and their homes.
What a convenient book that Old Testament is, whenever there is any fighting to be done.
Many people seem to be greatly shocked by Higginson's course; but if they admit that war is ever justifiable, I think they are inconsistent to blame him. If the heroes of ‘76 were praiseworthy, the heroes of Kansas will be more praiseworthy for maintaining their rights, even unto death.
But, It is treason; it is revolution, they exclaim.
They seem to forget that the war of ‘71G was precisely that.
It was a contest with our own government, not with a foreign foe; and the wrongs to be redressed were not worthy of a thought in comparison with the accumulation of outrages upon the free settlers in Kansas.
This battle with the overgrown slave