Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Selections from the Letters and Speeches of the Hon. James H. Hammond, of South Carolina >> Two Letters on the Subject of Slavery in the United States, Addressed to Thomas Clarkson, Esq. >> Page 135

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Correspondence | The Reprint Company; John F. Trow & Co. | 1866, 1978
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peculiar gusto, relates a series of scandalous stories
which would have made Boccaccio jealous of her pen,
but which are so ridiculously false as to leave no
doubt that some wicked wag, knowing she would
write a book, has furnished her materials —a game too
often played on tourists in this country. The con-
stant recurrence of the female Abolitionists to this
topic, and their bitterness in regard to it, cannot fail to
suggest to even the most charitable mind, that
" Such rage without betrays the fires within."
Nor are their immaculate coadjutors of the other sex,
though perhaps less specific in their charges, less violent
in their denunciations. But recently in your island a
clergyman has, at a public meeting, stigmatized the
whole slave region as a " Brothel." Do these people
thus cast stones being " without sin ?" Or do they only
" Compound for sins they are inclined to
By damning those they have no mind to."
Alas that David and Solomon should be allowed to re-
pose in peace that Leo should be almost canonized,
and Luther more than sainted that in our own day
courtesans should be formally licensed in Paris, and
tenements in London rented for years to women of the
town for the benefit of the Church, with the knowledge
of the Bishop and the poor Slave States of America
alone pounced upon and offered up as a holocaust on
the Altar of Immaculateness to atone for the abuse of
natural instinct by all mankind ; and if not actually
consumed, at least exposed, anathematized and held up
to scorn, by those who
" write Or with a Rival's or an Eunuch's spite."