The New York Tribune, the leading organ of the abolition party, in noticing the late proceedings at Harper's Ferry, says:
"There will be enough to heap execration on the
memory of these mistaken men.
We leave this work to the fit hands and tongues of those who regard the
fundamental axioms of the Declaration of Independence as 'glittering
generalities.' Believing that the way to universal emancipation lies not
through insurrection, civil war, and bloodshed, but through peace, discussion
and quiet diffusion of sentiments of humanity and justice, we deeply regret
this outbreak; but, remembering that, if their fault was grievous, grievously
have they answered it, we will not, by one reproachful word, disturb the bloody
shrouds wherein John Brown and his compatriots are sleeping.
They dared and died for what they felt to be the right, though in a manner
which seems to us fatally wrong.
Let their epitaphs remain unwritten until the not distant day when no
slave shall clank his chains in the shades of Monticello or by the graves of
It will be seen that
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