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Identifier: greatamericanboo01mabi
Title: The great American book of biography
Year: 1896 (1890s)
Authors: Mabie, Hamilton Wright, 1846-1916Garnett, William, 1850- [from old catalog] Thomas, Allen Clapp, 1846- [from old catalog] Ellis, Edward Sylvester, 1840- [from old catalog] Birdsall, William Wilfred. [from old catalog] Johnson, Willis Fletcher, 1857-1931Willard, Frances E. (Frances Elizabeth), 1839-1898International publishing company, Philadelphia. [from old catalog]
Publisher: Philadelphia and Chicago, International publishing company
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation

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of the Union. When, on April 12, 1861, the first shot was fired at FortSumter, Mr. Beecher sprang to the aid of his country. From Plymouth pulpitcame ringing words of patriotism, cheering the timid, encouraging the down-cast, denouncing traitors, but hopeful of the future, pointing out clearly the pathof right and duty for those who loved their country. His church, prompt toanswer, raised and equipped a regiment, the First Long Island, in which hiseldest son was an officer. Before this regiment went into active service, M;-.Beecher often visited the camp and preached to the young soldiers, many being my own boys, as he used to call them. •Meanwhile, besides the cares of his pastorate, he was constantly deliveringspeeches. At last his health began to fail. His voice gave way, and he wasimperatively commanded to seek rest. To recruit his exhausted energies hesailed for Europe, little thinking that a work awaited him in England far morearduous than anything which he had yet undertaken.

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REV. THEODORE L. CUYLER. SPEAKING AGAINST ENGLISH MOBS. S77 On his outward voyage Mr. Beecher was urged to speak in England forthe Union cause, but dedined on the ground of his health. After some weeksof travel in France and Switzerland, he was met at Paris with the news ofGettysburg and Vicksburg, and also with letters from friends in England sayingthat a small party there was supporting the side of the North against heavy odds,and again urging him to help them with his voice. At last he consented, andengagements were made for him to speak in the chief cities of England. In order to fully comprehend the situation, it is necessary to recall the stateof feeling in England at that time. Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote after Mr n

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