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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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find. Another forenoon I saw the distinguished
lawyer, Wendell Phillips; Charles Sumner, a
young giant in person; and Garrison, one of the
principal champions of the Abolitionist cause,
who, in consequence, at a time of excitement was
dragged by a mob through the streets of Boston,
I believe with a halter round his neck as a
malefactor. One sees in his beautiful countenance
and clear, eagle eye that resolute spirit which
makes the martyr. Speaking with him I told him
candidly that I thought the extravagance in the
proceedings of the Abolitionists, their want of
moderation, and the violent tone of their attacks
could not benefit but rather must damage their
cause. He replied with good temper, “We must
demand the whole loaf, if we would hope to get
one-half of it!”

I was two evenings at the theatre, and saw Miss
Charlotte Cushman, the principal actress in the
United States, in two characters with which she
produced a great effect both here and in England,
Meg Merrilies and Lady Macbeth. Miss Cushman,
immediately upon my arrival in New York,
had very kindly written to me, offering all assistance
in her power. Here in Boston she placed a
box in the theatre at my service, which was very
pleasant to me, as I could thus invite my friends
to accompany me. Miss Cushman is a powerful

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