The Works of William E. Channing, Volume 2

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J. Munroe, 1845 - Theology
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Page 352 - The greatest man is he who chooses the Right with invincible resolution, who resists the sorest temptations from within and without, who bears the heaviest burdens cheerfully, who is calmest in storms and most fearless, under menace and frowns, whose reliance on truth, on virtue, on God is most unfaltering...
Page 17 - A slave is one who is in the power of a master to whom he belongs. The master may sell him, dispose of his person, his industry and his labor. He can do nothing, possess nothing, nor acquire anything but what must belong to his master.
Page 19 - ... condemn ourselves as wrong-doers and oppressors in laying it on any who share our nature. — It is not necessary to inquire whether a man, by extreme guilt, may not forfeit the rights of his nature, and be justly punished with slavery. On this point crude notions prevail. But the discussion would be foreign to the present subject. We are now not speaking of criminals. We speak of...
Page 365 - It haunts the depths of the earth and sea, and gleams out in the hues of the shell and the precious stone. And not only these minute objects, but the ocean, the mountains, the clouds, the heavens, the stars, the rising and setting sun, all overflow with beauty. The universe is its temple; and those men who are alive to it cannot lift their eyes without feeling themselves encompassed with it on every side.
Page 365 - ... feelings, and so akin to worship, that it is painful to think of the multitude of men as living in the midst of it, and living almost as blind to it, as if, instead of this fair earth and glorious sky, they were tenants of a dungeon. An infinite joy is lost te> the world by the want of culture of this spiritual endowment. Suppose that I were to visit a cottage...
Page 379 - ... therefore awaken interest and rivet thought. And here it may be well to observe, not only in regard to books, but in other respects, that self-culture must vary with the individual. All means do not equally suit us all. A man must unfold himself freely, and should respect the peculiar gifts or biases by which nature has distinguished him from others. Self-culture does not demand the sacrifice of individuality. It does not regularly apply an established machinery, for the sake of torturing every...
Page 11 - ... him a claim to the only aid we can afford, to our moral sympathy, to the free and faithful exposition of his wrongs. As men, as Christians, as citizens, we have duties to the slave, as well as to every other member of the community. On this point we have no liberty. The Eternal Law binds us to take the side of the injured; and this law is peculiarly obligatory, when we forbid him to lift an arm in his own defence.
Page 237 - Louisiana, but shall admit an independent community, invested with sovereignty, into .the confederation ; and can the treaty-making power do this ? Can it receive foreign nations, however vast, to the Union ? Does not the question carry its own answer ? By the assumption of such a right, would not the old compact be at once considered as dissolved ? To me it seems not only the right, but the duty of the Free States, in case of the annexation of Texas, to say to the Slave-holding States, " We regard...
Page 19 - Do we not repel, indignantly and with horror, the thought of being reduced to the condition of tools and chattels to a fellowcreature ? Is there any moral truth more deeply rooted in us, than that such a degradation would be an infinite wrong ? And, if this impression be a delusion, on what single moral conviction can we rely ? This deep assurance, that we cannot be rightfully made another's property, does not rest on the hue of our skins, or the place of our birth, or our strength, or wealth. These...
Page 159 - Whilst, in obedience to conscience, they have refrained from opposing force to force, they have still persevered, amidst menace and insult, in bearing their testimony against wrong, in giving utterance to their deep convictions. Of such men, I do not hesitate to say, that they have rendered to freedom a more essential service than any body of men among us.

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