Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Selections from the Letters and Speeches of the Hon. James H. Hammond, of South Carolina >> Letter to the Free Church of Glasgow, on the Subject of Slavery >> Page 109

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Correspondence | John F. Trow & Co.; The Reprint Company | 1866, 1978
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to interfere with your social or municipal regulations
your aggregated wealth and congregated misery nor
the crimes attendant on them, nor your pitiless laws
for their suppression. And when we see by your
official returns, that even the best classes of English
agricultural laborers can obtain for their support but
seven pounds of bread and four ounces of meat per
week, and when sick or out of employment, must
either starve or subsist on charity, we cannot but look
with satisfaction to the condition of our slave laborers,
who usually receive as a weekly allowance, fifteen
pounds of bread, and three pounds of bacon have
their children fed without stint, and properly attended
to—are all well clothed, and have comfortable dwell-
ings, where, with their gardens and poultry yards, they
can, if the least industrious, more than realize for
themselves the vain hope of the great French king,
that he might see every peasant in 'France have his
fowl upon his table on the Sabbath—who, from the
proceeds of their own crop, purchase even luxuries
and finery who labor scarcely more than nine hours
a day, on the average of the year—and who, in sick-
ness, in declining years, in infancy and decrepitude, are
watched over with a tenderness scarcely short of
parental. When we contemplate the known condition
of your operatives, of whom, that of your agricultural
laborers is perhaps the least wretched, we are not only
not ashamed of that of our slaves, but are always ready
to challenge a comparison, and should be highly grat-
ified to submit to a reciprocal investigation, by en-
lightened and impartial judges.
You are doubtless of opinion that all these advan-
tages in favor of the slave, if they exist, are more than
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