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 22

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Speech | The Reprint Company; John F. Trow & Co. | 1866, 1978
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of 4,000 dollars. The sum of 11,500 dollars remains to be raised. As there are known to be more than two hundred Anti-Slavery Societies, on kindred principles with the American, we have no doubt that this sum can speedily be made up. Each Society has only to raise 150 dollars, and the work is' done. We believe that those Societies which remain unpledged will joyfully come forward to do their proportion as soon as
called on.
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" The plan proposed at the annual meeting, and now adopted by the Executive Committee, in the confident belief that the means will be furnished, is this :
" 1. To increase the number of Agents, by appointing as many able, efficient, and thorough-going men as can be obtained.
"2. To commence the distribution of publications on a new and ex-tended scale.
" The following publications will be issued monthly, viz. :
" 1. On the first week of each month, a small folio paper, entitled 'Hu-man Rights,' to be filled with facts and arguments on the subject of Slavery and its remedy, written in a plain and familiar. style. Of this twenty thousand copies will be printed, to be increased to fifty thousand or more, as soon as arrangements can be made to.have them promptly and judiciously distributed among the reading population.
" 2. On the second week, the ` Anti-Slavery Record,' a small magazine, with cuts, will be printed, to the number of twenty-five thousand copies.
" 3, On the third week, the ` Emancipator' will be printed on a large imperial sheet, of the size of the 'New York Observer,' or the 'New York Evangelist.' This will contain more extended essays and descriptions, on points connected with the cause. It is expected that from fifteen to twenty-five thousand copies will be printed monthly this year.
"4. On the fourth week will be issued twenty-five thousand copies of the ` Slave's Friend,' a juvenile magazine, with cuts, adapted especially for circulation among children and youth.
" All these publications will be distributed gratuitously, by the aid of the auxiliaries, to those who are not Abolitionists, or will be sold at the
office, to friends of the cause, at a very low rate.
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" The present is the time for action.
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"Let Female Societies be formed. Female Societies probably did more for the abolition of slavery in Great Britain than those of the other sex. They scattered anti-slavery tracts, handbills, pamphlets, and books, everywhere. They circulated petitions ; they covered articles of furniture or apparel, such as pincushions, work-boxes, handkerchiefs, boxes, baskets, purses, portfolios, etc., etc., with devices and mottoes reminding the