Did you take note of T. W. Higginson
's sermon to the people of Lawrence
, in Kansas
His text was from the Prophet Nehemiah
, commanding the people “to fight for their wives, their children, and their homes.”
What a convenient book that Old Testament is, whenever there is any fighting to be done.
Many people seem to be greatly shocked by Higginson
's course; but if they admit that war is ever justifiable, I think they are inconsistent to blame him. If the heroes of ‘76 were praiseworthy, the heroes of Kansas
will be more praiseworthy for maintaining their rights, even unto death.
But, “It is treason; it is revolution,” they exclaim.
They seem to forget that the war of ‘71G was precisely that.
It was a contest with our own government, not with a foreign foe; and the wrongs to be redressed were not worthy of a thought in comparison with the accumulation of outrages upon the free settlers in Kansas
This battle with the overgrown slave power is verily the great battle of Armageddon.
I suppose you know that the Supreme Court of the United States
has settled everything according to the requisitions of the
It has decided that slaves may be brought into the free States, like any other property.
Such a decision is in direct opposition to the decision of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts
If the old Commonwealth don't rise in her moral strength at this attempt to lay the yoke on her, why, then, indeed, the spirit of the Puritans and of '76 has died out; and we must all drift together toward a military despotism, with slave-holders for officers and foreigners for soldiers.