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 167

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Correspondence | The Reprint Company; John F. Trow & Co. | 1866, 1978
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the first instance by negroes stolen from these States
dur:ng the Revolutionary War, is the Depot to which
captives taken from Slavers by your armed vessels are
transported. I might say returned, since nearly half
the Africans carried across the Atlantic are understood
to be embarked in this vicinity. The wretched sur-
vivors, who are there set at liberty, are immediately
seduced to " irnmigrate" to the West Indies. The
business is systematically carried on by Black "Dele-
gates," sent expressly from the West Indies, where on
arrival the " immigrants " are sold into Slavery for
twenty-one years, under conditions ridiculously trivial
and wickedly void, since few or none will ever be able
to derive any advantage from them. The whole prime
of life thus passed in bondage, it is contemplated, and
doubtless it will be carried into effect, to turn them
out in their old age to shift for themselves, and to sup-
ply their places with fresh and vigorous " Immigrants."
Was ever a system of Slavery so barbarous devised
before? Can you think of comparing it with ours ?
Even your own Religious Missionaries at Sierra Leone
denounce it, " as worse than the Slave state in Africa."
And your Black Delegates, fearful of the influence of
these Missionaries, as well as on account of the inade-
quate supply of Captives, are now preparing to pro-
cure the able bodied and comparatively industrious
Kroomen of the interior, by purchasing from their
Headmen the privilege of inveigling them to the West
India market ! So ends the magnificent farce--per-
haps I should say tragedy, of West India Abolition !
I will not harrow your feelings by asking you to re-
view the labors of your life and tell me what you and
your brother Enthusiasts have accomplished for "in-