Theodore Parker: A Biography

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CHAPTER XVIII.
THE DEPARTURE. -- THE SEARCH.

THEODORE PARKER, with his wife, Miss Stevenson, and Mr. George Cabot, left the house in Exeter Place, on the 3d of February, with a resolute determination to use his one chance in ten for health, too resolute, in fact. He who too fiercely fights his own disease may become its ally. He sat in his room at the Astor House, gaunt and gray, but firm, as if he were the carer, and not the cared-for. He knew the contents of each box and bag, where each package and flask was put. When the little procession moved from the hotel, he staid till the last to see that nothing had been dropped; then walked sturdily to Jersey City, where "The Karnac" lay. All was ready for him on board. A dear friend from afar put flowers -- violets and carnations -- in his state-room. Dr. and Mrs. Howe were there to greet him with manly sympathy and feminine grace. They were to be his companions on the voyage. To the few friends who came to say farewell he said little; responded gratefully to their expressions of affection, but faintly to their words of hope; was silent and thoughtful, though not dejected. The steamer sailed on the 8th. On the 3d of March it reached its destination, -- Fredericksted, West End, Santa Cruz; having touched at Nassau, St. Thomas, Nuevitas, Puerto Plata, and St. John, and tarried four or five days at Havana. The voyage, which rough weather made uncomfortable at start-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface iii
  • Contents vii
  • Chapter I - Birthplace and Parentage 1
  • Chapter II - Home and Boyhood 10
  • Chapter III - Teaching and Study 28
  • Chapter IV - Divinity Hall 41
  • Chapter V - The Candidate 67
  • Chapter VI - West Roxbury 88
  • Chapter VII - The Ferment of Thought 125
  • Chapter VIII - The Unitarian Controversy 147
  • Chapter IX - Europe 183
  • Chapter X - The Conflict Renewed 210
  • Chapter XI - The Pastor 241
  • Chapter XII - The Pastor. Specimens of Correspondence 252
  • Chapter XIII - The Preacher 332
  • Chapter XIV - The Reformer 352
  • Chapter XV - The Fight with Slavery 376
  • Chapter XVI - The Kansas War 435
  • Chapter XVII - Failing Health 477
  • Chapter XVIII - The Departure. the Search 508
  • Chapter XIX - The Eternal City 521
  • Chapter XX - Tributes 537
  • Index 583
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