Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Selections from the Letters and Speeches of the Hon. James H. Hammond, of South Carolina >> Speech on the Justice of Receiving Petitions for the Abolition of Slavery in the District of Columbia >> Page 21

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Speech | The Reprint Company; John F. Trow & Co. | 1866, 1978
Transcription paralleled rapidity. In May following (1834) there
were SIXTY Anti-Slavery Societies. By May, 1835, the
number had increased to TWO HUNDRED. By October,
1835, it had swollen to THREE HUNDRED. And by a
document which I hold in my hand purporting to be a
" protest of the American Anti-Slavery Society " against
certain sentiments expressed on this subject, by the
President of the -United States, in his last Annual
Message, it appears that there were known to be THREE
HUNDRED AND FIFTY Anti-Slavery Societies in the -Uni-
ted States on the 25th day of December last.
Some of these societies contain as many as four
thousand members, and none of them, I believe, less
than fifty. On a fair calculation it may be presumed
that not less than one hundred thousand persons in the
non-slaveholding States are united in these societies,
and their numbers are increasing daily with a rapidity
almost beyond conception ´┐Ża disciplined corps, who
have pledged life and fortune to the great purpose of
That the spirit, means, purposes, and plans of these
societies may appear more fully, I will refer to the
" Address of the American Anti-Slavery Society," at
its last annual meeting, which I have in my hand, and
ask permission of the House that the Clerk may read.
" Address to the Auxiliaries and Friends of the American Anti-Slavery Society.
" DEAR BRETHREN : At the last annual meeting of the American Anti-Slavery Society, it was `Resolved, That an effort be made to raise 30,000 dollars for the use of the Society the present year, and that the Abolitionists present pledge themselves to raise such sums as they may respectively offer.'"Donations and pledges were immediately obtained, amounting to 14,-500 dollars.
" Additional pledges have since been obtained in Boston, to the amount