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A "radical" View

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Parent Issue
Day
26
Month
May
Year
1865
Copyright
Public Domain
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We qnnte the foilowing, simply remarking that Phillips and Whittier are ceither Demócrata nor " copperheads" : Wcndell Phillips, at a great meeting of the Anti-Slavery Society, at Cooper Instituto, held forth ns followa on tho execution of leading traitora : Mr. Phillips, in reply to the forraer speaker, said : That holding the common Southern wbite man in ona hand, reading the newepaper, and tho negro in the other, holding the ballot, and eaoh standing on hia own farm, he was not afraid of Jeff. Davis - not if he wag multiplied by hundreds of thouaands. And until you make me afraid of hitn and his influence I would never hang hiin. [Applause, and cries of 'You oughtthen," and cheers.] Virginia was afraid to let John Brown live. But never, vvith my consent shall a Southerner have to say over the grave of Jeff. Dav3 that the [Tnion dare not let tho wretoh live. [Applause.] Wandering over the faoe of the earth, pointed at with the fingor of scorn as the man who triod to establisb. an empire baaed upon slavery, he left a country whore his own peoplo would in their wrath at his crimes tear him to pieces. He is not so strong as he would be resting in his grave, with friunds saying that ho had been too strong in h"Ts cauee and adherents to permit the Union to tillow hini to live. [Applause.] Thereforo I will never assist to est up the gibbet in this land ia the name of the Union. [Applauae.] I despise the man so much that I cara not whether he livea or diea. That ia my ansvrer to the gibbet. [Applause.] An artiole in the Atnesbury Vülager, bv John G. Whittier, endeavors to direct the popular ihdignatinn against slavery, as the cause not only of the war but of the assassinution, and to check the ery for vengeance upon individuals. Mr. Whittier saya: '■ Our sole eneiny was slavery, and slavery ia dead. We have now no quarrel with the people of the South, who have really more reason than we havo to rejoioe over the dowofall of a sygtem which impeded their material progresa, pervcrted their religión, shut them out frorn the sympathies of the world, and ridged their land with the graves of its victima. We are victors - the cause of all this evil and suffering is removed forever - and we can well aflord to bo magnauimous. " In dealing with the guilty leaders and instigators ot the rebellion, we should beware how we take counsel of passion. Hatred has no placo besidö the calm and awful dignity of justice.- Human life is still a very sacred thing; Christian forbearance and patienoe ara till virtues ; for my owd part, I ghould be satisfied to see the chiefs of the great treanon go out from among ua homeless, exiled forever, with the curse of Cain upon their foreheads, oarrying with them, wberever they go, the avenging Nemesis of conscijnce. We catmot take lessons, at this late day, ia their school of barbarism ; we cannot starve and torture them as they bave starved aod tormented our soldiers. Let them live. Prhaps that is, af ter all, the most terrible penalty. For wherever tbey hielo thomselves the story of their guilt will pursue them - they can have no rest nor peace save in that deep repentaoce, which, through the mercy of (iod, is possible even for them.

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Michigan Argus