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Transactions Volume 15-19
Transactions Volume 15-19

Transactions Volume 15-19 by Literary & Historical Society of Quebec
Transactions Volume 15-19
Author: Literary & Historical Society of Quebec
Number of Pages: 208 pages
Published Date: 01 Mar 2012
Publication Country: Miami Fl, United States
Language: English
ISBN: 9781130974843
File size: 32 Mb
File Name: Transactions.Volume.15-19.pdf
Download Link: Transactions Volume 15-19

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 Excerpt: ...Committee felt a sinking at the heart. They put their heads together, and advised Henry Thoreau not to be too premature in the matter. It was not advisable to speak publicly of John Brown, and his character and condition. The time was not ripe, they thought, just yet. They counselled delay; wait, they all said. "Wait, --and these men advised Henry Thoreau to wait. Henry Thoreau, think of it, Henry Thoreau who had his opinions, and cared not a rush for any man's counsel or advice, --advised Henry Thoreau who held to principle as if his life depended on it! His mind was made up. Not speak next Sunday night, and the people mad to know the story of John Brown? Why, the thing was absurd! What, think you, was the reply this sturdy radical of the radicals sent back to the trembling Anti-slavery people? Why this, "I did not send to you for advice, but to announce that I am to speak." And he did speak, and the hall had never held such an audience as he addressed on that memorable night. The crowds came from far and near, and Thoreau's earnest eulogy of the grand old martyr of Harper's ferry, was listened to with a sympathy and a respect which surprised the Abolitionists themselves. Some of them took courage from this exhibition, and Thoreau's speech was a first gun fired in Concord, in behalf of the black man's cause. Among other things which he said on that occasion, were these: "I am here to plead his cause with you. I plead not for his life, but his character, --his immortal life; and Bo it becomes your cause wholly, and not his in the least. I see now that it was necessary that the bravest and humanest man in the country should be hung. Perhaps he saw it himself. / almost fear that I may yet hear of his deliverance, doubting if a prolonged life, ...

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