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 162

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Correspondence | John F. Trow & Co.; The Reprint Company | 1866, 1978
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as you like. Be all the glory yours, fairly and hon-
estly won. But you see the absurdity of such an idea.
Away, then, with your pretended " moral suasion."
You know it is mere nonsense. The Abolitionists
have no faith in it themselves. Those who expect to
accomplish anything count on means altogether differ-
ent. They aim first to alarm us : that failing, to com-
pel us by force to emancipate our slaves, at our own
risk and cost. To these purposes they obviously direct
all their energies. Our Northern Liberty men have
endeavored to disseminate their destructive doctrines
among our slaves, and excite them to insurrection.
But we have put an end to that, and stricken terror
into theme They dare not show their faces here.
Then they declared they would dissolve the Union.
Let them do it. The North would repent it far more
than the South. We are not alarmed at the idea.
We are well content to give up the Union sooner than
sacrifice two thousand millions of dollars, and with
them all the rights we prize. You may take it for
granted that it is impossible to persuade or alarm us
into emancipation, or to making the first step towards
it. Nothing, then, is left to try, but sheer force. If
the Abolitionists are prepared to expend their own
treasure and shed their own blood as freely as they
ask us to do ours, let them come. We do not court
the conflict ; but we will not and we cannot shrink
from it. If they are not ready to go so far ; if, as I
expect, their philanthropy recoils from it ; if they are
looking only for cheap glory, let them turn their
thoughts elsewhere and leave us in peace. Be the
sin, the danger and the evils of slavery all our own.
We compel, we ask none to share them with us.