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Geneva, N. Y. (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
lightly estimate their spiritual knight-errantry. The heroes of old romance, who went about smiting dragons, lopping giants' heads, and otherwise pleasantly diverting themselves, scarcely deserve mention in comparison with our New England champions, who, trusting not to car. nal sword and lance, in a contest with principalities and powers,— spirits that live throughout, Vital in every part, not as frail man,— encountered their enemies with weapons forged by the stern spiritual armorer of Geneva. The life of Cotton Mather is as full of romance as the legends of Ariosto or the tales of Beltenebros and Florisando in Amadis de Gaul. All about him was enchanted ground; devils glared on him in his closet wrestlings; portents blazed in the heavens above him; while he, commissioned and set apart as the watcher, and warder, and spiritual champion of the chosen people, stood ever ready for battle, with open eye and quick ear for the detection of the subtle approaches of the enemy. No wonde
Rhode Island (Rhode Island, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
little effect. Boston merchants and ship-owners became, to a considerable extent, involved in the slave-trade. Distilleries, established in that place and in Rhode Island, furnished rum for the African market. The slaves were usually taken to the West Indies, although occasionally part of a cargo found its way to New England, w, avarice and love of power and pride of opinion gave way before his testimony of love. The New England Yearly Meeting then, as now, was held in Newport, on Rhode Island. In the year 1760 John Woolman, in the course of a religious visit to New England, attended that meeting. He saw the horrible traffic in human beings,—the slditors; his remarks were kindly received, and the gentle and loving spirit in which they were offered reached many hearts. In 1769, at the suggestion of the Rhode Island Quarterly Meeting, the Yearly Meeting expressed its sense of the wrongfulness of holding slaves, and appointed a large committee to visit those members who wer
Surinam (Surinam) (search for this): chapter 3
ng; our laboring force is dying away, and the social position they held must undergo a revolution. The paper from which we have quoted, the official journal of the colony, thinks the condition of the emancipated British colonies decidedly preferable to that of Surinam, where the old slave system has continued in force, and insists that the Dutch government must follow the example of Great Britain. The actual condition of the British colonies since emancipation is perfectly well known in Surinam: three of them, Essequibo, Demerara, and Berbice, being its immediate neighbors, whatever evils and inconveniences have resulted from emancipation must be well understood by the Dutch slave-holders; yet we find them looking towards emancipation as the only prospect of remedy for the greater evils of their own system. This fact is of itself a sufficient answer to the as. sumption of Carlyle and others, that what they call the ruin of the colonies has been produced by the emancipation acts
Milton, Mass. (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
ritish. The highest ambition might well be satisfied with his present position, from which, looking back upon an honorable record, he might be justified in using Milton's language of lofty confidence in the reply to Salmasius: I am not one who has disgraced beauty of sentiment by deformity of conduct, or the maxims of a freeman bion of the melted tar, the feather-bed was ripped open and shaken over him, until Not Maia's son, with wings for ears, Such plumes about his visage wears, Nor Milton's six-winged angel gathers Such superfluity of feathers, and I confess I was quite unwilling to undergo a martyrdom which my best friends could scarcely refrain fne for the too easy credulity of their order formerly, have unceremoniously consigned the old beliefs of Satanic agency, demoniacal possession, and witchcraft, to Milton's receptacle of exploded follies and detected impostures, Over the backside of the world far off, Into a limbo broad and large, and called The paradise of foo
Oregon (Oregon, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
rnment to prevent the practical abrogation of its solemn treaties and the crowding out of the Indians from their guaranteed hunting grounds. Outbreaks of Indian ferocity and revenge, incited by wrong and robbery on the part of the whites, will increasingly be made the pretext of indiscriminate massacres. The entire question will soon resolve itself into the single alternative of education and civilization or extermination. The school experiments at Hampton, Carlisle, and Forest Grove in Oregon have proved, if such proof were ever needed, that the roving Indian can be enlightened and civilized, taught to work and take interest and delight in the product of his industry, and settle down on his farm or in his workshop, as an American citizen, protected by and subject to the laws of the republic. What is needed is that not only these schools should be more liberally supported, but that new ones should be opened without delay. The matter does not admit of procrastination. The work
Oceana (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
st He judged it wrong to lay down anything rashly, and seemed to doubt whether these different forms of religion might not all come from God, who might inspire men in a different manner, and be pleased with the variety. He therefore thought it to be indecent and foolish for any man to threaten and terrify another, to make him believe what did not strike him as true. Passing by the Telemachus of Fenelon, we come to the political romance of Harrington, written in the time of Cromwell. Oceana is the name by which the author represents England; and the republican plan of government which he describes with much minuteness is such as he would have recommended for adoption in case a free commonwealth had been established. It deals somewhat severely with Cromwell's usurpation; yet the author did not hesitate to dedicate it to that remarkable man, who, after carefully reading it, gave it back to his daughter, Lady Claypole, with the remark, full of characteristic bluntness, that the g
Chapel Hill, N. C. (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
et up the pillars and stretched out the curtains of their sectarian tabernacles; who, in halls and upper chambers and in the solitude of their own holmes, keep alive the spirit of devotion, and, wrapping closely around them the mantles of their order, maintain the integrity of its peculiarities in the midst of an unbelieving generation. Not long since, in company with a friend who is a regular attendant, I visited the little meeting of the disciples of Emanuel Swedenborg. Passing over Chapel Hill and leaving the city behind us, we reached the stream which winds through the beautiful woodlands at the Powder Mills and mingles its waters with the Concord. The hall in which the followers of the Gothland seer meet is small and plain, with unpainted seats, like those of the people called Quakers, and looks out upon the still woods and that willowy stream which turns a mill. An organ of small size, yet, as it seemed to me, vastly out of proportion with the room, filled the place usuall
South Carolina (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
, to be his servant forever. Some were taken in the Narragansett war and other Indian wars; others were brought from South Carolina and the Spanish Main. It is an instructive fact, as illustrating the retributive dealings of Providence, that the diabsurd rumor of conspiracy seems not very unlike that of a convocation of small planters in a backwoods settlement in South Carolina on finding an anti-slavery newspaper in their weekly mail bag. In 1709 Colonel Saltonstall, of Haverhill, had seve, love of liberty and hatred of slavery; that they cannot at once adjust themselves to constitutional duties which in South Carolina and Georgia are reserved for trained bloodhounds Surely, in view of what Massachusetts has been, and her strong bias onored for his learning, talents, and stainless integrity, beaten down and all but murdered at his official desk by a South Carolina slave-holder, for the crime of speaking against the extension of slavery; and we heard the dastardly deed applauded t
West Ossipee (New Hampshire, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
ng, imploring His blessing and sanctification upon the Convention and its labors. And with the solemnity of this supplication in our hearts we clasped hands in farewell, and went forth each man to his place of duty, not knowing the things that should befall us as individuals, but with a confidence, never shaken by abuse and persecution, in the certain triumph of our cause. Kansas. Read at the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the state of Kansas. bear camp House, West Ossipee, N. H., Eighth month, 29th, 1879. To J. S. Emery, R. Morrow, and C. W. Smith, committee: I have received your invitation to the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of the first settlement of Kansas. It would give me great pleasure to visit your state on an occasion of such peculiar interest, and to make the acquaintance of its brave and self-denying pioneers, but I have not health and strength for the journey. It is very fitting that this anniversary should be duly recognized. No one
West Indies (search for this): chapter 3
um for the African market. The slaves were usually taken to the West Indies, although occasionally part of a cargo found its way to New EnglHaving ascertained that the exports of sugar and spices from the West Indies have diminished since emancipation,—and that the negroes, havingourse to facts and figures) that the emancipated class in the West India Islands are universally idle, improvident, and unfit for freedom; thatells us that the blacks have no right to use the islands of the West Indies for growing pumpkins and garden stuffs for their own use and beh a maker of books. Does it become such a one to rave against the West India negro's incapacity for self-civilization? Unaided by the arts, sissenters under Charles II. consigned others of the sect to the West Indies, where their frugality, temperance, and thrift transmuted their avagances of conduct and language, he spent several years in the West Indies, where he became deeply interested in the condition of the slave
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