These Speeches and Lectures have been collected into a volume at the earnest and repeated requests of the personal friends and the followers of Mr. Phillips
In committing them to the Publisher, he wrote:--
I send you about one half of my speeches which have been reported during the last ten years. Put them into a volume, if you think it worth while.
Four or five of them ( “Idols,” “The election,” “Mobs and education,” “Disunion,” “Progress,” ) were delivered in such circumstances as made it proper I should set down beforehand, substantially, what I had to say. The preservation of the rest you owe to phonography; and most of them to the unequalled skill and accuracy, which almost every New England speaker living can attest, of my friend, J. M. W. Yerrinton.
The first speech, relating to the murder of Lovejoy, was reported by B. F. Hallett, Esq. As these reports were made for some daily or weekly paper, I had little time for correction.
Giving them such verbal revision as the interval allowed, I left the substance and shape unchanged.
They will serve, therefore, at least, as a contribution to the history of our Antislavery struggle, and especially as a specimen of the
method and spirit of that movement which takes its name from my illustrious friend, William Lloyd Garrison.
The only liberty the Publisher has taken with these materials has been to reinsert the expressions of approbation and disapprobation on the part of the audience, which Mr. Phillips
had erased, and to add one or two notes from the newspapers of the day. This was done because they were deemed a part of the antislavery history of the times, and interesting, therefore, to every one who shall read this book,--not now only, but when, its temporary purpose having been accomplished by the triumph of the principles it advocates, it shall be studied as an American classic, and as a worthy memorial of one of the ablest and purest patriots of New England