and the Alabama
planter.--On Monday, the New England
Poet, John G. Whittier
, passed a few hours here on the way to his lovely home on the banks of the Merrimac
, whence he has given to the world so many ringing lyrics and striking poems, stirring the blood like the blast of a trumpet, redolent of the airs of freedom, or tender with the emotions of friendship, charmingly descriptive of New England
home life, or graphically embodying our quaint local legends and sturdy historical traditions.
He returns from a brief visit to the Wachusett Hills
, improved in health, to resume his pen, we trust, and add still further to the rich stores of American literature which he has already adorned so much.
manifests a deep interest in the cause of the country, and watches with an anxious eye the course of events.
We have heard, on reliable authority, an incident with which he was connected, resulting in a singular interview.
The story is substantially this: A few months ago he met with an Alabama planter in Boston
, who expressed a desire to converse with him, and an interview took place, during which there was a free interchange of views.
The planter frankly acknowledged that there was in the South
a strong feeling of hate toward the North and Northern men, and they were determined to fight.
He explained how this feeling was fostered by the politicians of the South
, and how the feelings of the North
were represented there, and stated that almost his sole object in coming to Boston
was to ascertain for himself whether the facts were as they had been represented.
He was evidently surprised to find the anti-slavery poet “so mild a mannered man,” and confessed that, generally, he did not perceive that the feeling of the North
toward the South
was so bitter and unfriendly as he had been led to expect.
He had experienced nothing but civility and courtesy, and admitted that Southerners generally received the same treatment.
, after attending him to some of the desirable places of resort, told him that, as he was now here, he might as well see the worst of the anti-slavery phase of Northern fanaticism, as the fashionable phrase is, and proposed to visit Garrison
The planter consented, and so they turned their steps to the Liberator
office, where they found Garrison
, Wendell Phillips
, and Fred. Douglass
, and there they enjoyed a “precious season of conversation.”
Would it not have been a sight worth seeing — that conclave in the Liberator
office, with Garrison
, and the Alabama
planter, in the foreground?
The planter went to his home a wiser, and perhaps a sadder man, than he came, and protested that all he could do, while mourning for the condition of the country, was to pray
over it. Would that more of the Southern
people might come and see for themselves how basely the North
has been belied!--Salem Register, Aug