THE FIGHT WITH SLAVERY.
THEODORE PARKER never was, never could have been, indifferent to slavery as an inhuman system. His attention was early fixed on it as a blunder in economics, and a blot on American institutions. A sermon on slavery, preached in 1841, and again in 1843, was published. In 1842 he wrote to a friend, ''Perhaps you feel a stronger interest than I do in the welfare of Latimer'' (a fugitive slave, whose examination was pending, and in whose behalf the abolitionists had asked public intercession from divines), ''and of the slaves in general. It must be a very strong one if it is so. But I will not boast of my zeal.'' It was not, however, till 1845, when slavery became prominent in the national politics, and menaced republican government with overthrow, when men began to talk of the ''slave power,'' that his concern in the matter became engrossing. That year finds him busy with statistics on the general subject. He writes to the historian Michelet for information in regard to a work alluded to by him, as he is preparing an essay on slavery in the Roman empire. The same year he collects facts on slavery in the United States, its introduction and domestication there. The scheme of the ''Letter to the Citizens of the United States,'' published in December, 1847, is drawn up at this time in rough form; books are noted, and materials gathered from all sources, famil-