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 160

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Correspondence | The Reprint Company; John F. Trow & Co. | 1866, 1978
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house, both in Europe and America he is shunned.
With all the skill which 14 hours of daily labor from
the tenderest age has ground into him, his discontent,
which habit has made second nature, and his depraved
propensities, running riot when freed from his wonted
fetters, prevent his employment whenever it is not a
matter of necessity. If we derived no other benefit
from African slavery in the Southern States than that
it deterred your freedmen from coming hither, I should
regard it as an inestimable blessing.
And how unaccountable is that philanthropy
which closes its eyes upon such a state of things as
you have at home, and turns its blurred vision to
our affairs beyond the Atlantic, meddling with matters
which no way concern them—presiding, as you have
lately done, at meetings to denounce the " iniquity of
our laws" and "the atrocity of our practices," and to
sympathize with infamous wretches imprisoned here
for violating decrees promulgated both by God and
man ! Is this doing the work of " your Father which
is in Heaven," or is it seeking only " that you may have
glory of man ? " Do you remember the denunciation
of our Saviour, " Woe unto you, Scribes and Phari-
sees ; Hypocrites ! for ye make clean the outside of
the cup and platter, but within they are full of extor-
tion and excess ?"
But after all, supposing that everything you say
of slavery be true, and its abolition a matter of the
last necessity, how do you expect to effect emancipa-
tion, and what do you calculate will be the result of
its accomplishment ? As to the means to be used, the
Abolitionists, I believe, affect to differ, a large propor-
tion of them pretending that their sole purpose is to