Unitarians and Slavery--Rabbi Wise--The Abbé Miel--Free Lances of the Pulpit--Literary Studies--Evolution--Darwin's work--Emerson in Cincinnati--Edward Everett--My Marriage--Robert Collyer --The Woman Movement--Chess--Paul Morphy.
THERE appeared to me no cloud on the horizon when I found myself in Cincinnati with an anti--slavery congregation. Everywhere were signs of increasing anti-slavery sentiment. The Conference of Western Unitarian Churches ( 1858) passed a resolution that the cause of the slave was moral and religious, rightly belonging to our pulpits. But two of the societies were in slave States, that of the Rev. Mr. Heywood of Louisville, and that of the veteran Dr. Elliot of St. Louis, men of New England birth. Notwithstanding the moderation of our resolution, we had the sorrow of seeing Dr. Elliot and his strong delegation file solemnly out, never to return.
This action of the conference, reversing a timid resolution of three years before, was a relief to me. It had always been a burden to preach about slavery, and it was now less necessary to deal much with the subject. The incident was widely discussed in the papers, and the Cincinnati Enquirer (anti-Republican) described me as an ambitious agitator. I said to my people that inhumanity in man or nation must always prove a demon of unrest. A legend on which twenty-three years later I published a volume then first arose before me as a prophecy: "That fable of the Wandering Jew shall be a dread reality to the heart which knowingly drives from its threshold the Christ who falls there in the form of those who now bear the cross of wrong and oppression, and toil up the weary hills of life to their continual crucifixion."
About that time a little recrudescence of prejudice against Jews occurred in connection with an organisation called the Cincinnati Zouave Guard, against which I protested in the papers; and I even attacked Shakespeare on account of the