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 29

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Speech | The Reprint Company; John F. Trow & Co. | 1866, 1978
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This prospectus is accompanied by an anonymous
communication, for which of course I cannot vouch,
which states that Dr. Charming has softened the asper-
ity of his remarks on Thompson, the foreign Anti-
Slavery missionary, in his late work on slavery ; that
the work has, in consequence, been stereotyped by the
Abolitionists, and that the demand for it is insatiable.
As the last evidence which I shall offer of the ex-
tent of the excitement at the North upon the Slave
question, I will read the following extracts from a let-
ter from the western part of the State of New York.
It is dated 12th January, 1836. The writer of it is a
gentleman who has been a close and shrewd observer
of events passing around him. He is a man of talents
and of strict integrity, and is one who has done and
suffered something for his country. He says :

" The madness which influences our Northern people on the subject of slavery, is well calculated to fill the stoutest with dismay. The spirit which followed the Utica and Peterboro' Convention of Abolitionists has totally changed the question from that of the emancipation of the slave to tliat of the continuance of the Union.
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" The North is now laboring to unite her people against you. The effort, is immense and continual. The enclosed anti-slavery pamphlets and some `Emancipators' were distributed at a Presbyterian prayer meeting in my neighborhood the other day, by the president of the anti-slavery society of this county, and were handed to me by the Deacon of the church, through the hands of one of the men in my employ. The object is to unite the Northern people in hatred of the people of the South, by false representations of the condition of their slaves, and by charges of cruelty, immorality, and irreligion. I endeavor to convince my neighbors that these pamphlets are false in every particular, and that if they join in the cry of abolition, they must partake of the enormous sin of bringing on a civil war, of destroying our Union, and of causing a renewal of the horrors of St. Domingo. And for what do they labor to bring' on their country and their fellow-citizens of the. South these dreadful calamities ? It is for the liberty of the slave ; and in gaining that liberty, or in the at-tempt, they inevitably lose their own,- 'But this view: has no weight ; the