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 45

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Speech | The Reprint Company; John F. Trow & Co. | 1866, 1978
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for sway, the contempt for the right of others, which
distinguish the nobility of Europe it gives us their
education, their polish, their munificence, their high
honor, their undaunted spirit. Slavery does indeed
create an aristocracy an aristocracy of talents, of vir-
tue, of generosity and courage. In a slave country 1


every reeman is an aristocrat. Be he rich or poor, if
he does not possess a single slave, he has been born to
all the natural advantages of the society in which he is
placed and all its honors lie open before him, inviting
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his genius and industry. Sir, I do firmly believe that
domestic slavery regulated as ours is produces the
highest toned, the purest, best organization of society
that has ever existed on the face of the earth.
Against this institution war has been commenced.
A crusade is proclaimed. The banner has been hoisted,
and on it is inscribed that visionary and disastrous sen-
timent, " Equality to all mankind ; " although there is
no analogous equality in the moral or physical creation,
in earth, air, or water in this world, or in the world
to come, if our religion be not altogether wrong ! The
sans-culottes are moving. On the banks of the Hud-
son, the Ohio and the Susquehannah on the hills, and
in the vales, and along the " iron-bound coast" of im-
maculate New England, they are mustering their hosts
and preparing for their ravages. Let them come ! we
will be ready. Standing on our institutions, which of
themselves give us a strength almost impregnable, and
rallying around them as one man, with the help of
God I believe we shall be able to roll back the frantic
tide to whence it came. But woe unto the men of
substance in the North whose infatuation may impel
them to join this fatal crusade. The bloodhounds