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 170

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Correspondence | John F. Trow & Co.; The Reprint Company | 1866, 1978
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gether, after any length of time or any process of pre-
paration, on terms at all approaching to equality. Of
this, both of them are finally and fixedly convinced.
They differ essentially, in all the leading traits which
characterize the varieties of the human species, and
color draws an indelible and insuperable line of separa-
tion between them. Every scheme founded upon the
idea that they can remain together on the same soil,
beyond the briefest period, in any other relation than
precisely that which now subsists between them, is
not only preposterous, but fraught with deepest dan-
ger. If there was no alternate but to try the "experi-
ment " here, reason and humanity dictate that the
sufferings of "gradualism" should be saved and the
catastrophe of immediate abolition" enacted as
rapidly as possible. Are you impatient for the per-
formance to commence ? Do you long to gloat over
the scenes I have suggested, but could not hold the
pen to portray? In your long life many such have
passed under your review. You know that they are not
"impossible." Can they be to your taste ? Do you
believe that in laboring to bring them about the
Abolitionists are'.doing the will of God ? No ! God is
not there. It is the work of Satan. The arch-fiend,
under specious guises, has found his way into their
souls, and, with false appeals to philanthropy, and foul
insinuations to ambition, instigates them to rush head-
long to the accomplishment of his diabolical designs.
We live in a wonderful age. The events of the last
three quarters of a century appear to have revolution-
ized the human mind. Enterprise and ambition are
only limited in their purposes by the horizon of the
imagination. It is the transcendental era. In philos-