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Everetts, Cushings, Couriers, everything dull and heavy — to keep down thought.
And ever again, in each generation, the living soul, like the bursting bud, throws up the incumbent soil and finds its way to the sunshine and to God, and is the oak of the future, leaving out, spreading its branches, and sheltering the race and time that is to come.
I hold in my hand the likeness of a child of seventeen summers, taken from the body of a boy, her husband, who lies buried on the banks of the Shenandoah.
He flung himself against a State for an idea, the child of a father who lived for an idea, who said, I know that slavery is wrong; thou shalt do unto another as thou wouldst have another do to thee, --and flung himself against the law and order of his time.
Nobody can dispute his principles.
There are men who dispute his acts.
It is exactly what he meant they should do. It is the collision of admitted principles with conduct which is the teaching of ethics; it is the normal school of
r press can only speak of his manhood.
One has to get outside the influence of his personal presence before the slaves of Virginia can dig up a forgotten Kansas lie, and hurl it against the picture which Virginian admiration has painted.
That does not come from Virginia.
Northern men volunteer to do the work which Virginia, lifted for a moment by the sight of martyrdom, is unable to accomplish.
A Newburyport man comes to Boston, and says that he knows John Brown was at the massacre of Pottawatomie.
He was only twenty-five miles off!
The Newburyport orator gets within thirty miles of the truth, and that is very near,--for him!
But Virginia was unable — mark you!--Virginia was unable to criticise.
She could only bow. It is the most striking evidence of the majesty of the action.
There is one picture which stands out in bright relief in this event.
On that mountain side of the Adirondack, up among the snows, there is a plain cottage--plain living and high thinking, as Wordswo