Death of Theodore Parker

June 1, 1860

The death of Parker, in Florence, on the 10th of May, is announced.  “Few men have ever possessed such powers of analysis and classification, reasoning from cause to effect, and showing the relation of things on a broad and philosophical basis.  His works will be a splendid legacy to posterity…Mr.  Parker dared to be true to his highest convictions, and to utter them boldly, at great cost to his reputation; knowing that he would be branded as a heretic, and represented as ‘a pestilent and seditious fellow’… We have no room this week, further to express our feelings in view of this great bereavement.”

There is an article about Parker’s death, from the Boston Journal, and another which indicates that his library has been bequeathed to the city of Boston to be deposited in our Public Library.