THE RELIGIOUS LEADER
IT having been resolved, January 22, 1845, "that Theodore Parker shall have a chance to be heard in Boston," on the 16th of February he began to preach in the Melodeon and continued preaching there until 1852. The great sermon on Webster was one of the last preached there, October 31st. It should have had the Music Hall for the multitudes who came to hear. The Melodeon was not an attractive house of worship. In his last sermon there, November 14th, Parker described its character: --
We must bid farewell to these old walls. They have not been very comfortable. All the elements have been hostile. The winter's cold has chilled us; the summer's heat has burned us; the air has been poisoned with contaminations, a whole week long in collecting; and the element of earth, the dirt, that was everywhere. As I have stood here, I have often seen the spangles of opera dancers, who beguiled the previous night, lying on the floor beside me. . . . The associations commonly connected with this hall have not been of the most agreeable character. Dancing monkeys and "Ethiopian serenaders," making vulgar merriment out of the ignorance and wretchedness of the American slave, have occupied this
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Publication information: Book title: Theodore Parker:Preacher and Reformer. Contributors: John White Chadwick - Author. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin and Company. Place of publication: Boston. Publication year: 1900. Page number: 200.
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