THE tidings of Theodore Parker's death caused a profound sensation in the places that had known him. At the annual festival of the Unitarian Association, on Anniversary Week, it was alluded to with feeling by men who had disagreed with the preacher and reformer, but who sincerely respected the man. At the session of the New- England Antislavery Society, on Thursday, May 31, resolutions of eulogy were offered by Wendell Phillips, which the president of the society, John T. Sargent, seconded in a few appreciative words, and which Theodore's loving and beloved friend, Samuel J. May, followed with a tribute out of a full heart. I shall not copy at length the addresses that were made here or elsewhere; but a few extracts will be proper, as showing the impression that Mr. Parker left on the strongest minds. The language is, of course, language of eulogium; but it fell from sincere lips, that were not in the habit of speaking idle praise of any, holding truth ever more precious than tenderness to living or to dead.
After some words of introduction, Mr. Phillips said, --
"When some Americans die, when most Americans die, their friends tire the public with excuses. They confess this spot; they explain that stain; they plead circumstances as the half justification of that mistake; and they beg of us to remember that nothing but good is to be spoken of the dead. We