Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Selections from the Letters and Speeches of the Hon. James H. Hammond, of South Carolina >> Message to the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, Nov. 26, 1844 >> Page 101

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the value of our lands and of our staples. But the
pride of increased dominion, the thirst of wealth ;
ambition, and avarice long supposed to be the two
strongest passions of our nature have sunk before
their fanatical zeal to uproot an institution with which
is linked forever, and inseparably, the welfare, and
almost the existence, of five millions of their fellow-
Nor is the refusal to ratify this treaty, so vitally
important to the South, the only extraordinary proof
which the past year has furnished, of the exuberant
and rancorous hostility of the North to our domestic
slavery. At a meeting in. May last, of the General Con-
ference of the Methodist denomination whose ecclesi-
astical constitution and government bear, in some re-
spects, a striking resemblance to the political Constitu-
tion and Government of this Confederacy —a pious Bish-
op of the South was virtually deposed from his sacred
office, because he was a slaveholder. It was openly
and distinctly stated, that the Methodist congregations
in the non-slaveholding States, embracing a much
larger proportion of the masses than any others, would
no longer tolerate a slave-holder in their pulpits ; a
fact which has been since exemplified. With becoming V
spirit, the patriotic Methodists of the South dissolved
all connexion with their brethren of the North. And
for this they are entitled to lasting honor and gratitude
from us. Other instances might be cited, not so strik-
ing, but equally decisive of the fact, that the abolition
phrenzy is no longer confined to a few restless and dar-
ing spirits, but has seized the whole body of the people
in the non-slaveholding States, and is rapidly supersed-
ing all other excitements, and trampling on all other