Farewell Dinner to Francis Ellingwood Abbot, on Retiring from the Editorship of "The Index" at Young's Hotel, Boston, June 24, 1880: Full Report of the Speeches, Together with Numerous Letters from Absent Friends in America and England

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Press of Geo. H. Ellis, 1880 - 59 pages

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Page 37 - The place was dark, unfurnitured, and mean ; — Yet there the freedom of a race began. Help came but slowly ; surely no man yet Put lever to the heavy world with less : What need of help? He knew how types were set, He had a dauntless spirit, and a press. Such earnest natures are the fiery pith, The compact nucleus, round which systems grow ! Mass after mass becomes inspired therewith, And whirls impregnate with the central glow.
Page 47 - I endure to interrupt the pursuit of no less hopes than these, and leave a calm and pleasing solitariness, fed with cheerful and confident thoughts, to embark in a troubled sea of noises and hoarse disputes, put from beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies...
Page 49 - I regret that it will be impossible for me to attend the hearing before the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads on HR 4715.
Page 51 - I very much regret that it will not be in my power to send you, in the case containing Banks's models, my encampments, as they are not yet printed.
Page 44 - 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
Page 21 - ... pampas, on prairie, o'er mountain and lake, To bathe the swift bark, like a sea-girdled shrine, With incense they stole from the rose and the pine. So fill a bright cup with the sunlight that gushed When the dead summer's jewels were trampled and crushed : THE TRUE KNIGHT OF LEARNING, — the world holds him dear, — Love bless him, Joy crown him, God speed his career!
Page 13 - ... but he has been able to show, or rather the country has been able, through him and the sympathy manifested for him, to see, that the prevailing infidel sentiment of this country is impure to the last degree, and is not to be trusted with any social interest or with any political influence whatever. The safety and purity of society rests, as it always has rested, with the believers in and professors of Christianity. The purer influences among the ' Liberals,' as they delight to call themselves,...
Page 12 - ... a hero and a martyr of. The Index makes one mistake. Mr. Bennett has not transformed his aiders and abettors in the infidel ranks into men and women like himself. He has only furnished them an occasion for the expression of their opinions and sympathies. He is not a man of such intellectual force and magnetic influence that he...

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