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 166

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Correspondence | John F. Trow & Co.; The Reprint Company | 1866, 1978
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find cause for exultation. The tables of exports, which
are the best evidences of the condition of a people,
exhibit a woful falling off excused, it is true, by un-
precedented droughts and hurricanes, to which their
free labor seems unaccountably more subject than
slave labor used to be. I will not go into detail. It
is well known that a large proportion of British Legis-
lation and expenditure, and that proportion still con-
stantly increasing, is most anxiously devoted to repair-
ing the monstrous error of emancipation. You are
actually galvanizing your expiring Colonies. The
truth, deduced from all the facts, was thus pithily stated
by the London Quarterly Review, as lone ago as 1840 :
" None of the benefits anticipated by mistaken good in-
tentions have been realized ; while every evil wished for
by knaves and foreseen by the wise has been painfully
verified. The wild rashness of fanaticism has made the
emancipation of the Slaves equivalent to the loss of one
half of the West Indies, and yet put back the chance
of Negro civilization." (Art. Ld. Dudley's Letters.)
Such are the real fruits of your never-to-be-too-much-
glorified abolition, and the valuable dividend of your
twenty millions of pounds sterling invested therein.
If any further proof was wanted of the utter and
well known though not yet openly avowed failure of
West Indian emancipation, it would be furnished by
the startling fact, that THE AFRICAN SLAVE TRADE HAS
BEEN ACTUALLY REVIVED UNDER TIIE AUSPICES AND
PROTECTION OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT. Under the
specious guise of " Immigration" they are replenishing
those Islands with Slaves from the Coast of Africa.
Your colony of Sierra Leone, founded on that coast to
prevent the Slave Trade, and peopled, by the bye, in