Theodore Parker: Preacher and Reformer

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THE Atlantic cable of 1858 had been a whole month's wonder and then had fallen silent. It was not until 1866 that it again became vocal Nevertheless it is a strange thing that the news of Parker's death, May 10th, did not reach Boston before May 29th. On the evening of that day the Unitarians held their annual festival in the Music Hall, and several of the speakers referred to the overshadowing event which made the great hall seem a conscious mourner for the manly voice to which it never would again resound. Straight from his heart, and with unstinted praise, James Freeman Clarke spoke of his friend, paying a noble tribute to his intellectual and moral worth, and frankly accepting for the Unitarian body the paternity of this man - child who had proved so troublesome. The anti-slavery journals tempered their doubts of his theology with recognition of his anti-slavery zeal. The "Advertiser" said, "From whom has his rough surgery not cut away some old prejudices, to whom has his treatment not brought some cure, whose eyes has he not opened to such views of controversies of never-ending importance as would


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