The courage of New England was the courage of Conscience. It did not rise to that insane and awful passion, the love of war for itself.
Address at Ipswich Centennial, 1834.
Note 1. The Americans equally detest the pageantry of a king and the supercilious hypocrisy of a bishop.Junius: Letter xxxv. Dec. 19, 1769. Compare the anonymous poem The Puritans Mistake, published by Oliver Ditson in 1844: Oh, we are weary pilgrims; to this wilderness we bring A Church without a bishop, a State without a King.
It [Calvinism] established a religion without a prelate, a government without a king.George Bancroft: History of the United States, vol. iii, chap. vi. [back]
Note 2. Six years earlier, Choate gave a lecture in Providence a review of which, by Franklin J. Dickman, appeared in the Journal of December 14, 1849. Unless Choate used the words glittering generalities, and Dickman made reference to them, it would seem as if Dickman must have the credit of originating the catchword. He wrote: We fear that the glittering generalities of the speaker have left an impression more delightful than permanent. [back]