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 138

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Correspondence | John F. Trow & Co.; The Reprint Company | 1866, 1978
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female in this country. If he did, he would be lynched
--doubtless with your approbation.
After all, however, the number of the mixed breed
in proportion to that of the black is infinitely small,
and out of the towns next to nothing. And when it is
considered that the African race has been among us
for two hundred years, and that those of the mixed
breed continually intermarry often rearing large fam-
ilies—it is a decided proof of our continence that so
few comparatively are to be found. Our misfortunes
are twofold. From the prolific propagation of these
mongrels among themselves, we are liable to be charg-
ed by tourists with delinquencies where none have
been committed ; while, where one has been, it cannot
be concealed. Color marks indelibly the offence, and
reveals it to every eye. Conceive that, even in your
virtuous and polished country, if every bastard through
all the circles of your social system was thus branded
by nature and known to all, what shocking develop-
ments might there not be! How little indignation
might your saints have to spare for the licentiousness
of the slave region. But I have done with this disgust-
ing topic. And I think I may justly conclude, after
all the scandalous charges which tea-table gossip and
long-gowned hypocrisy have brought against the slave-
holders, that a people whose men are proverbially
brave, intellectual and hospitable, and whose women
are unaffectedly chaste, devoted to domestic life and
happy in it, can neither be degraded nor demoralized,
whatever their institutions may be. My decided opin-
ion is, that our system of Slavery contributes largely
to the development and culture of these high and noble
qualities.