Friday, August 12, 2016

Mrs. Lydia M. Child to William Cullen Bryant, September 19, 1861

It seems as if all true friends of freedom ought to hold up the hands of Fremont, who is the first man to utter the word millions were longing to hear. The present moment is fraught with the fate of the nation. Public opinion is forming rapidly. The balance between good and evil hangs in trembling equilibrium. It seems to be the duty of every patriot to use quickly, on the right side, whatever influence he possesses. God help our country if the balance turns the wrong way! But then we shall not deserve His help, and shall have no right to expect it.

SOURCE: Parke Godwin, A Biography of William Cullen Bryant, Volume 1, p. 161-2

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