Theodore Parker: Preacher and Reformer

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CHAPTER X
THE MINISTER AT LARGE

" PARKER'S life was so large and robust," says Colonel Higginson,1"that it rather included the anti-slavery movement than accentuated it." What is certain is that his anti-slavery activity did not exhaust his energy, however it might limit its expression upon special lines. What suffered most was the intended book upon the Development of Religion. There was no slackening of his interest in his preaching of a reformed theology. Such preaching, and the performance of parochial tasks abounding in all kindly offices of personal encouragement and consolation, were the main haunt of his imagination and desire. Often in the journal or his letters do we come upon a note of lamentation with respect to the inexorable demands made on him by his anti-slavery work. But the record without this was singularly full and rich. His lectures here and there, though numerous, were so arranged that he but seldom failed of being in his own pulpit at the appointed day and hour, though the amount of travel necessary to meet this end was great and wearisome. His lists of sermon-

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Private Letter: June 18, 1899.

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