The Freedom Speech of Wendell Phillips: Faneuil Hall, December 8, 1837, with Descriptive Letters from Eye Witnesses

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Wendell Phillips Hall Association, 1890 - 10 pages
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Page 7 - How would the intimation have been received, that Warren and his associates should have waited a better time? But if success be indeed the only criterion of prudence, Respice finem — wait till the end. Presumptuous to assert the freedom of the press on American ground ! Is the assertion of such freedom before the age ? So much before the age as to leave one no right to make it because it displeases the community? Who invents this libel on his country? It is this very thing which entitles Lovejoy...
Page 8 - They saw that of which we cannot judge, the necessity of resistance. Insulted law called for it. Public opinion, fast hastening on the downward course, must be arrested. Does not the event show they judged rightly ? Absorbed in a thousand trifles, how has the nation all at once come to a stand ? Men begin, as in 1776 and 1640, to discuss principles, to weigh characters, to find out where they are. Haply we may awake before we are borne over the precipice. I am glad, Sir, to see this crowded house....
Page 2 - I did not come here to take any part in this discussion, nor do I intend to ; but I do entreat you, fellow citizens, by everything you hold sacred, — I conjure you by every association connected with this Hall, consecrated by our fathers to freedom of discussion,— that you listen to every man who addresses you in a decorous mantier.
Page 2 - State from another be an imaginary one or ocean-wide, the moment you cross it, the State you leave is blotted out of existence, so far as you are concerned. The Czar might as well claim to control the deliberations of Faneuil Hall, as the laws of Missouri demand reverence, or the shadow of obedience, from an inhabitant of Illinois.
Page 6 - The gentleman says Lovejoy was presumptuous and imprudent — he " died as the fool dieth." And a reverend clergyman of the city tells us that no citizen has a right to publish opinions disagreeable to the community!' If any mob follows such publication, on him rests its guilt. He must wait, forsooth, till the people come up to it and agree with him ! This libel on liberty goes on to say that the want of right to speak as we think is an evil inseparable from republican institutions ! If this be so,...
Page 7 - One word, gentlemen. As much as thought is better than money, so much is the cause in which Lovejoy died nobler than a mere question of taxes. James Otis thundered in this hall when the king did but touch his pocket. Imagine, if you can, his indignant eloquence had England offered to put a gag upon his lips.
Page 5 - damn with faint praise," or load with obloquy, the memory of this man, who shed his blood in defence of life, liberty, property, and the freedom of the press! Throughout that terrible night I find nothing to regret but this, that within the limits of our country, civil authority should have been so prostrated as to oblige a citizen to arm in his own defence, and to arm in vain. The gentleman says Lovejoy was presumptuous and imprudent, —he

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