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America (Netherlands) (search for this): chapter 8
kes exception to Mr. Garrison's approval of the denunciatory language in which Daniel O'Connell rebuked the giant sin of America, and concludes his article with this sentence:-- When William Lloyd Garrison praises the great Celtic monarch of inveved the profoundest philosophical investigation from th pen of Richard Hildreth, in his invaluable essay on Despotism in America, --a work which deserves a place by the side of the ablest political disquisitions of any age. Mrs. Chapman's surveyilling incidents of the escape and sufferings of the fugitive, and the perils of his friends, the future Walter Scott of America would find the border-land of his romance, and the most touching incidents of his sixty years since ; and that the literature of America would gather its freshest laurels from that field. So much, Mr. Chairman, for our treatment of the Church. We clung to it as long as we hoped to make it useful. Disappointed in that, we have tried to expose its paltering and Hy
Dixon, Ill. (Illinois, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
g at the sight of a human being; free men are kidnapped in our streets, to be plunged into that hell of slavery; and now and then one, as if by miracle, after long years, returns to make men aghast with his tale. The press says, It is all right ; and the pulpit cries, Amen. They print the Bible in every tongue in which man utters his prayers; and get the money to do so by agreeing never to give the book, in the language our mothers taught us, to any negro, free or bond, south of Mason and Dixon's line. The press says, It is all right ; and the pulpit cries, Amen. The slave lifts up his imploring eyes, and sees in every face but ours the face of an enemy. Prove to me now that harsh rebuke, indignant denunciation, scathing sarcasm, and pitiless ridicule are wholly and always unjustifiable; else we dare not, in so desperate a case, throw away any weapon which ever broke up the crust of an ignorant prejudice, roused a slumbering conscience, shamed a proud sinner, or changed, in any
Carolina City (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
ates and Slave States to unite under any form of Constitution, no matter how clean the parchment may be, without the compact resulting in new strength to the slave system? It is the unimpaired strength of Massachusetts and New York, and the youthful vigor of Ohio, that, even now, enable bankrupt Carolina to hold up the institution. Every nation must maintain peace within her limits. No government can exist which does not fulfil that function. When we say the Union will maintain peace in Carolina, that being a Slave State, what does peace mean? It means keeping the slave beneath the heel of his master. Now, even on the principle of two wrongs making a right, if we put this great weight of a common government into the scale of the slaveholder, we are bound to add something equal to the slave's side. But no, Mr. Giddings is content to give the slaveholder the irresistible and organic help of a common government, and bind himself to utter no word, and move not a finger, in his civil
Cuba (Cuba) (search for this): chapter 8
water to Clarkson and Wilberforce,--yes, to a safe salt-water distance. [Laughter.] As Daniel Webster, when he was talking to the farmers of Western New York, and wished to contrast slave labor and free labor, did not dare to compare New York with Virginia,--sister States, under the same government, planted by the same race, worshipping at the same altar, speaking the same language,--identical in all respects, save that one in which he wished to seek the contrast; but no; he compared it with Cuba,--[cheers and laughter,]--the contrast was so close! [Renewed cheers.] Catholic — Protestant; Spanish--Saxon; despotism — municipal institutions; readers of Lope de Vega and of Shakespeare; mutterers of the Masschildren of the Bible! But Virginia is too near home! So is Garrison! One would have thought there was something in the human breast which would sometimes break through policy. These noble-hearted men whom I have named must surely have found quite irksome the constant practice of
Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
agents through those islands, whose reports they scattered, at great expense and by great exertion, broadcast through the land. This was at a time when no newspaper in the country would either lend or sell them the aid of its columns to enlighten the nation on an experiment so vitally important to us. And even now, hardly a press in the country cares or dares to bestow a line or communicate a fact toward the history of that remarkable revolution. The columns of the Antislavery Standard, Pennsylvania Freeman, and Ohio Bugle have been for years full of all that a thorough and patient advocacy of our cause demands. And the eloquent lips of many whom I see around me, and whom I need not name here, have done their share toward pressing all these topics on public attention. There is hardly any record of these labors of the living voice. Indeed, from the nature of the case, there cannot be any adequate one. Yet, unable to command a wide circulation for our books and journals, we have b
England (United Kingdom) (search for this): chapter 8
h lay all about us to influence public opinion, but by blind, childish, obstinate fury and indiscriminate denunciation, have become honestly impotent, and conscientious hinderances. These, Sir, are the charges which have uniformly been brought against all reformers in all ages. Ion thinks the same faults are chargeable on the leaders of all the popular movements in England, which, he says, are led by heroes who fear nothing and who win nothing. If the leaders of popular movements in Great Britain for the last fifty years have been losers, I should be curious to know what party, in Ion's opinion, have won? My Lord Derby and his friends seem to think Democracy has made, and is making, dangerous headway. If the men who, by popular agitation, outside of Parliament, wrung from a powerful oligarchy Parliamentary Reform, and the Abolition of the Test Acts, of High Post Rates, of Catholic Disability, of Negro Slavery and the Corn Laws, did not win anything, it would be hard to say wha
Jamaica, L. I. (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
n a fair footing, than by robbing them. If the Virginian piques himself on the picturesque luxury of his vassalage, on the heavy Ethiopian manners of his house-servants, their silent obedience, their hue of bronze, their turbaned heads, and would not exchange them for the more intelligent but precarious hired services of whites, I shall not refuse to show him that, when their free papers are made out, it will still be their interest to remain on his estates; and that the oldest planters of Jamaica are convinced that it is cheaper to pay wages than to own slaves. The critic takes exception to Mr. Garrison's approval of the denunciatory language in which Daniel O'Connell rebuked the giant sin of America, and concludes his article with this sentence:-- When William Lloyd Garrison praises the great Celtic monarch of invective for this dire outpouring, he acts the part of the boy who fancies that the terror is in the war-whoop of the savage, unmindful of the quieter muskets of the
New England (United States) (search for this): chapter 8
er a moment the language of this statement, the form it takes on every lip and in every press. The great mistake of his life ! Seventy years old, brought up in New England churches, with all the culture of the world at his command, his soul melted by the repeated loss of those dearest to him, a great statesman, with a heart, accorifficult part of his subject. Even the vigorous mind of Rantoul, the ablest man, without doubt, of the Democratic party, and perhaps the ripest politician in New England, added little or nothing to the storehouse of antislavery argument. The grasp of his intellect and the fulness of his learning every one will acknowledge. He feet, and came out of her. At the outset, Mr. Garrison called on the head of the Orthodox denomination,--a man compared with whose influence on the mind of New England that of the statesman whose death you have just mourned was, I think, but as dust in the balance,--a man who then held the Orthodoxy of Boston in his right hand
Walpole (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
These men devoted themselves to banks, to the tariff, to internal improvements, to constitutional and financial questions. They said to slavery: Back! no entrance here! We pledge ourselves against you. And then there came up a humble printer-boy, who whipped them into the traces, and made them talk, like Hotspur's starling, nothing but slavery. He scattered all these gigantic shadows,--tariff, bank, constitutional questions, financial questions,--and slavery, like the colossal head in Walpole's romance, came up and filled the whole political horizon [Enthusiastic applause.] Yet you must remember he is not a statesman; he is a fanatic. He has no discipline,--Mr. Ion says so; he does not understand the discipline that is essential to victory ! This man did not understand his own time,--he did not know what the future was to be,--he was not able to shape it,--he had no prudence, --he had no foresight Daniel Webster says, I have never introduced this subject, and never will, --and
Milton, Mass. (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
al life under any government, but especially under ours; and we are surprised at it in these men, only because we fondly hoped they would be exceptions to the general rule. It was Chamfort, I think, who first likened a republican senate-house to Milton's Pandemonium;--another proof of the rare insight French writers have shown in criticising republican institutions. The Capitol at Washington always brings to my mind that other Capitol, which in Milton's great epic rose like an exhalation from Milton's great epic rose like an exhalation from the burning marl, -- that towering palace, with starry lamps and blazing cressets hung,--with roof of fretted gold and stately height, its hall like a covered field. You remember, Sir, the host of archangels gathered round it, and how thick the airy crowd Swarmed and were straitened; till, the signal given, Behold a wonder! They but now who seemed In bigness to surpass earth's giant sons, Now less than smallest dwarfs, in narrow room Throng numberless, like that pygmean race Beyond the Ind
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