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The Inner Life - HAVERFORD COLLEGE The Inner Life - HAVERFORD COLLEGE

The Inner Life - HAVERFORD COLLEGE
Letter to President Thomas Chase, LL. D.AMESBURY, MASS., 9th mo., 1884.THE Semi-Centennial of Haverford College is an event that no member of the Society of Friends can regard without deep interest. It would give me great pleasure to be with you on the 27th inst., but the years rest heavily upon me, and I have scarcely health or strength for such a journey.It was my privilege to visit Haverford in 1838, in "the day of small beginnings." The promise of usefulness which it then gave has been more than fulfilled. It has grown to be a great and well-established institution, and... Essays - Post by : studentbee - Date : April 2012 - Author : John Greenleaf Whittier - Read : 2815

The Inner Life - JOHN WOOLMAN'S JOURNAL The Inner Life - JOHN WOOLMAN'S JOURNAL

The Inner Life - JOHN WOOLMAN'S JOURNAL
Originally published as an introduction to a reissue of the work.To those who judge by the outward appearance, nothing is more difficult of explanation than the strength of moral influence often exerted by obscure and uneventful lives. Some great reform which lifts the world to a higher level, some mighty change for which the ages have waited in anxious expectancy, takes place before our eyes, and, in seeking to trace it back to its origin, we are often surprised to find the initial link in the chain of causes to be some comparatively obscure individual, the divine commission and significance of... Essays - Post by : system2 - Date : April 2012 - Author : John Greenleaf Whittier - Read : 2205

The Inner Life - THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS The Inner Life - THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS

The Inner Life - THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS
The following letters were addressed to the Editor of the Friends' Review in Philadelphia, in reference to certain changes of principle and practice in the Society then beginning to be observable, but which have since more than justified the writer's fears and solicitude.I.AMESBURY, 2d mo., 1870.TO THE EDITOR OF THE REVIEW.ESTEEMED FRIEND,--If I have been hitherto a silent, I have not been an indifferent, spectator of the movements now going on in our religious Society. Perhaps from lack of faith, I have been quite too solicitous concerning them, and too much afraid that in grasping after new things we may let... Essays - Post by : chrisking - Date : April 2012 - Author : John Greenleaf Whittier - Read : 3451

The Inner Life - DORA GREEN WELL The Inner Life - DORA GREEN WELL

The Inner Life - DORA GREEN WELL
First published as an introduction to an American edition of that author's _The Patience of Hope_.THERE are men who, irrespective of the names by which they are called in the Babel confusion of sects, are endeared to the common heart of Christendom. Our doors open of their own accord to receive them. For in them we feel that in some faint degree, and with many limitations, the Divine is again manifested: something of the Infinite Love shines out of them; their very garments have healing and fragrance borrowed from the bloom of Paradise. So of books. There are volumes which perhaps... Essays - Post by : margaux - Date : April 2012 - Author : John Greenleaf Whittier - Read : 2656

The Inner Life - THE BETTER LAND The Inner Life - THE BETTER LAND

The Inner Life - THE BETTER LAND
(1844.)"THE shapings of our heavens are the modifications of our constitution," said Charles Lamb, in his reply to Southey's attack upon him in the Quarterly Review.He who is infinite in love as well as wisdom has revealed to us the fact of a future life, and the fearfully important relation in which the present stands to it. The actual nature and conditions of that life He has hidden from us,--no chart of the ocean of eternity is given us,--no celestial guidebook or geography defines, localizes, and prepares us for the wonders of the spiritual world. Hence imagination has a wide field... Essays - Post by : markwar - Date : April 2012 - Author : John Greenleaf Whittier - Read : 838

The Inner Life - SWEDENBORG The Inner Life - SWEDENBORG

The Inner Life - SWEDENBORG
(1844.)THERE are times when, looking only on the surface of things, one is almost ready to regard Lowell as a sort of sacred city of Mammon,--the Benares of gain: its huge mills, temples; its crowded dwellings, lodging- places of disciples and "proselytes within the gate;" its warehouses, stalls for the sale of relics. A very mean idol-worship, too, unrelieved by awe and reverence,--a selfish, earthward-looking devotion to the "least-erected spirit that fell from paradise." I grow weary of seeing man and mechanism reduced to a common level, moved by the same impulse, answering to the same bell-call. A nightmare of materialism... Essays - Post by : Gotti - Date : April 2012 - Author : John Greenleaf Whittier - Read : 1549

The Inner Life - HAMLET AMONG THE GRAVES The Inner Life - HAMLET AMONG THE GRAVES

The Inner Life - HAMLET AMONG THE GRAVES
(1844.)AN amiable enthusiast, immortal in his beautiful little romance of Paul and Virginia, has given us in his Miscellanies a chapter on the Pleasures of Tombs,--a title singular enough, yet not inappropriate; for the meek- spirited and sentimental author has given, in his own flowing and eloquent language, its vindication. "There is," says he, "a voluptuous melancholy arising from the contemplation of tombs; the result, like every other attractive sensation, of the harmony of two opposite principles,--from the sentiment of our fleeting life and that of our immortality, which unite in view of the last habitation of mankind. A tomb is... Essays - Post by : axeman - Date : April 2012 - Author : John Greenleaf Whittier - Read : 1646

The Inner Life - THE AGENCY OF EVIL The Inner Life - THE AGENCY OF EVIL

The Inner Life - THE AGENCY OF EVIL
From the Supernaturalism of New England, in the Democratic Review for 1843.IN this life of ours, so full of mystery, so hung about with wonders, so written over with dark riddles even the lights held by prophets and inspired ones only serve to disclose the solemn portals of a future state of being, leaving all beyond in shadow, perhaps the darkest and most difficult problem which presents itself is that of the origin of evil,--the source whence flow the black and bitter waters of sin and suffering and discord,--the wrong which all men see in others and feel in themselves,--the... Essays - Post by : shashi - Date : April 2012 - Author : John Greenleaf Whittier - Read : 2546

Criticism - THE POETRY OF THE NORTH Criticism - THE POETRY OF THE NORTH

Criticism - THE POETRY OF THE NORTH
THE Democratic Review not long since contained a singularly wild and spirited poem, entitled the Norseman's Ride, in which the writer appears to have very happily blended the boldness and sublimity of the heathen saga with the grace and artistic skill of the literature of civilization. The poetry of the Northmen, like their lives, was bold, defiant, and full of a rude, untamed energy. It was inspired by exhibitions of power rather than of beauty. Its heroes were beastly revellers or cruel and ferocious plunderers; its heroines unsexed hoidens, playing the ugliest tricks with their lovers, and repaying slights with bloody... Essays - Post by : jewelzca - Date : April 2012 - Author : John Greenleaf Whittier - Read : 2099

Criticism - FANATICISM Criticism - FANATICISM

Criticism - FANATICISM
THERE are occasionally deeds committed almost too horrible and revolting for publication. The tongue falters in giving them utterance; the pen trembles that records them. Such is the ghastly horror of a late tragedy in Edgecomb, in the State of Maine. A respectable and thriving citizen and his wife had been for some years very unprofitably engaged in brooding over the mysteries of the Apocalypse, and in speculations upon the personal coming of Christ and the temporal reign of the saints on earth,--a sort of Mahometan paradise, which has as little warrant in Scripture as in reason. Their minds of necessity... Essays - Post by : Spider - Date : April 2012 - Author : John Greenleaf Whittier - Read : 2157

Criticism - FAME AND GLORY Criticism - FAME AND GLORY

Criticism - FAME AND GLORY
Notice of an Address before the Literary Society of Amherst College, by Charles Sumner.THE learned and eloquent author of the pamphlet lying before us with the above title belongs to a class, happily on the increase in our country, who venture to do homage to unpopular truths in defiance of the social and political tyranny of opinion which has made so many of our statesmen, orators, and divines the mere playthings and shuttlecocks of popular impulses for evil far oftener than for good. His first production, the _True Grandeur of Nations_, written for the anniversary of American Independence, was not more... Essays - Post by : poakland - Date : April 2012 - Author : John Greenleaf Whittier - Read : 1375

Criticism - MIRTH AND MEDICINE Criticism - MIRTH AND MEDICINE

Criticism - MIRTH AND MEDICINE
A review of Poems by Oliver Wendell Holmes.IF any of our readers (and at times we fear it is the case with all) need amusement and the wholesome alterative of a hearty laugh, we commend them, not to Dr. Holmes the physician, but to Dr. Holmes the scholar, the wit, and the humorist; not to the scientific medical professor's barbarous Latin, but to his poetical prescriptions, given in choice old Saxon. We have tried them, and are ready to give the Doctor certificates of their efficacy.Looking at the matter from the point of theory only, we should say that a physician... Essays - Post by : sydney - Date : April 2012 - Author : John Greenleaf Whittier - Read : 3352

Criticism - EVANGELINE Criticism - EVANGELINE

Criticism - EVANGELINE
A review of Mr. Longfellow's poem.EUREKA! Here, then, we have it at last,--an American poem, with the lack of which British reviewers have so long reproached us. Selecting the subject of all others best calculated for his purpose,--the expulsion of the French settlers of Acadie from their quiet and pleasant homes around the Basin of Minas, one of the most sadly romantic passages in the history of the Colonies of the North,--the author has succeeded in presenting a series of exquisite pictures of the striking and peculiar features of life and nature in the New World. The range of these delineations... Essays - Post by : bootsie - Date : April 2012 - Author : John Greenleaf Whittier - Read : 905

The Conflict With Slavery - RESPONSE TO THE CELEBRATION OF MY EIGHTIETH BIRTHDAY BY THE COLORED CITIZENS The Conflict With Slavery - RESPONSE TO THE CELEBRATION OF MY EIGHTIETH BIRTHDAY BY THE COLORED CITIZENS

The Conflict With Slavery - RESPONSE TO THE CELEBRATION OF MY EIGHTIETH BIRTHDAY BY THE COLORED CITIZENS
RESPONSE TO THE CELEBRATION OF MY EIGHTIETH BIRTHDAY BY THE COLORED CITIZENS OF WASHINGTON D. C.To R. H. TERRELL AND GEORGE W. WILLIAMS, ESQUIRES.GENTLEMEN,--Among the great number of tokens of interest and good-will which reached me on my birthday, none have touched me more deeply than the proceedings of the great meeting of the colored citizens of the nation's capital, of which you are the representatives. The resolutions of that meeting came to me as the voice of millions of my fellow- countrymen. That voice was dumb in slavery when, more than half a century ago, I put forth my plea... Essays - Post by : sharon1947 - Date : April 2012 - Author : John Greenleaf Whittier - Read : 2617

The Conflict With Slavery - ANTI-SLAVERY ANNIVERSARY The Conflict With Slavery - ANTI-SLAVERY ANNIVERSARY

The Conflict With Slavery - ANTI-SLAVERY ANNIVERSARY
Read at the semi-centennial celebration of the American Anti-Slavery Society at Philadelphia, on the 3d December, 1883.OAK KNOLL, DANVERS, MASS., 11th mo., 30, 1883.I NEED not say how gladly I would be with you at the semi-centennial of the American Anti-Slavery Society. I am, I regret to say, quite unable to gratify this wish, and can only represent myself by a letter.Looking back over the long years of half a century, I can scarcely realize the conditions under which the convention of 1833 assembled. Slavery was predominant. Like Apollyon in Pilgrim's Progress, it "straddled over the whole breadth of the way."... Essays - Post by : juldian - Date : April 2012 - Author : John Greenleaf Whittier - Read : 2202

The Conflict With Slavery - WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON The Conflict With Slavery - WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON

The Conflict With Slavery - WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON
An Introduction to Oliver Johnson's "William Lloyd Garrison and his Times."(1879.)I no not know that any word of mine can give additional interest to this memorial of William Lloyd Garrison from the pen of one of his earliest and most devoted friends, whose privilege it has been to share his confidence and his labors for nearly half a century; but I cannot well forego the opportunity afforded me to add briefly my testimony to the tribute to the memory of the great Reformer, whose friendship I have shared, and with whom I have been associated in a common cause from youth... Essays - Post by : nuwww - Date : April 2012 - Author : John Greenleaf Whittier - Read : 1393

The Conflict With Slavery - KANSAS The Conflict With Slavery - KANSAS

The Conflict With Slavery - KANSAS
Read at the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the state of Kansas.BEAR CAMP HOUSE, WEST OSSIPEE, N. H., Eighth month, 29th, 1879.To J. S. EMERY, R. MORROW, AND C. W. SMITH, COMMITTEE:I HAVE received your invitation to the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of the first settlement of Kansas. It would give me great pleasure to visit your state on an occasion of such peculiar interest, and to make the acquaintance of its brave and self-denying pioneers, but I have not health and strength for the journey. It is very fitting that this anniversary should be duly recognized. No one of your... Essays - Post by : Brerrabbit - Date : April 2012 - Author : John Greenleaf Whittier - Read : 1961

The Conflict With Slavery - THE ANTI-SLAVERY CONVENTION OF 1833 The Conflict With Slavery - THE ANTI-SLAVERY CONVENTION OF 1833

The Conflict With Slavery - THE ANTI-SLAVERY CONVENTION OF 1833
(1874.)In the gray twilight of a chill day of late November, forty years ago, a dear friend of mine, residing in Boston, made his appearance at the old farm-house in East Haverhill. He had been deputed by the abolitionists of the city, William L. Garrison, Samuel E. Sewall, and others, to inform me of my appointment as a delegate to the Convention about to be held in Philadelphia for the formation of an American Anti-Slavery Society, and to urge upon me the necessity of my attendance.Few words of persuasion, however, were needed. I was unused to travelling; my life had been... Essays - Post by : MorganGold - Date : April 2012 - Author : John Greenleaf Whittier - Read : 1318

The Conflict With Slavery - THE CENSURE OF SUMNER The Conflict With Slavery - THE CENSURE OF SUMNER

The Conflict With Slavery - THE CENSURE OF SUMNER
A letter to the Boston Daily Advertiser in reference to the petition for the rescinding of the resolutions censuring Senator Sumner for his motion to erase from the United States flags the record of the battles of the civil war.I BEG leave to occupy a small space in the columns of the Advertiser for the purpose of noticing a charge which has been brought against the petitioners for rescinding the resolutions of the late extra session virtually censuring the Hon. Charles Sumner. It is intimated that the action of these petitioners evinces a lack of appreciation of the services of the... Essays - Post by : Jack_Higgins - Date : April 2012 - Author : John Greenleaf Whittier - Read : 1549

The Conflict With Slavery - THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 1872 The Conflict With Slavery - THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 1872

The Conflict With Slavery - THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 1872
The following letter was written on receiving a request from a committee of colored voters for advice as to their action at the presidential election of 1872.AMESBURY, 9th mo. 3d, 1872.DEAR FRIENDS,--I have just received your letter of the 29th ult. asking my opinion of your present duty as colored voters in the choice between General Grant and Horace Greeley for the presidency. You state that you have been confused by the contradictory advice given you by such friends of your people as Charles Sumner on one hand, and William L. Garrison and Wendell Phillips on the other; and you ask... Essays - Post by : onyx40 - Date : April 2012 - Author : John Greenleaf Whittier - Read : 3534