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Correspondence | John F. Trow & Co.; The Reprint Company | 1866, 1978
Transcription TWO LITTHRS
ON THE SUBJECT OF SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES, ADDRESSED TO
THOMAS CLARKSON, Esq.
SILVER BLUFF, SOUTH CAROLINA,
January 28, 1845.
SIR :—I received a short time ago, a letter from the
Rev. WILLOUGHBY M. DICKINSON, dated at your resi-
dence, " Playford Mall, near Ipswich, 26th Nov., 1544,"
in which was inclosed a copy of your Circular Letter
addressed to professing Christians in our Northern
States, having no concern with Slavery, and to others
there. I presume that Mr. DICKINSON'S letter was
written with your knowledge, and the document in-
closed with your consent and approbation. I there-
fore feel that there is no impropriety in my addressing
my reply directly to yourself, especially as there is
nothing in Mr. DICKINSON'S communication requiring
serious notice. Having abundant leisure, it will be a
recreation to devote a portion of it to an examination
and free discussion of the question of Slavery as it
exists in our Southern States ; and since you have
thrown down the gauntlet to me, I do not hesitate to
take it up.
Familiar as you have been with the discussions of
this subject in all its aspects, and under all the excite-