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Prefaratory note. Twenty-eight years ago, in 1863, Wendell Phillips yielded to the solicitations of his friends, and revised for publica
tion appeared; and on the other hand, the personal popularity of Mr. Phillips was steadily rising throughout the North and the West.
Both t d the student of oratory will find no better or safer model than Mr. Phillips, if he would seek direct, incisive speech, abundance and felicit hilippic.
Repeated calls have been made for other speeches of Mr. Phillips.
At the time of his death he not only had a further selection i
The present volume forms part of a larger plan.
The history of Mr. Phillips's relation to the Antislavery movement, the growth of his views cknowledgments to Mr. J. M. W. Yerrinton, the lifelong friend of Mr. Phillips, to whose skilful pencil the abiding memory of his eloquence is so largely due.
The likeness of Mr. Phillips in this volume is taken from the portrait painted for the late John C. Phillips, Esq., by Mr.
Prefaratory note. Twenty-eight years ago, in 1863, Wendell Phillips yielded to the solicitations of his friends, and revised for publication a selection of his Speeches, Lectures, and Letters. The moment was well chosen. On the one hand public interest in the Antislavery question, the constant burden of the orator's utterance, had widened and deepened with the progress of the war, and had reached its height when the Emancipation Proclamation appeared; and on the other hand, the personal popularity of Mr. Phillips was steadily rising throughout the North and the West. Both these changes account in part for the welcome the volume at once received. But its permanent place among the records of American eloquence is due to deeper and intrinsic reasons. The classic is always contemporary. If the immediate occasion and subject of the speaker pass, the truth and conviction which inspire his appeal are not lost; and while the charm of voice and action may die with the moment, or