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 172

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Correspondence | The Reprint Company; John F. Trow & Co. | 1866, 1978
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bounded only with our being. Nor do I doubt that
five millions of people, brave, intelligent, united, and
prepared to hazard everything, will, in such a cause,
with the blessing of God, sustain themselves. At all
events, come what may, it is ours to meet it.
We are all well aware of the light estimation in
which the Abolitionists, and those who are taught by
them, profess to hold us. We have seen the attempt of
a portion of the Free Church of Scotland to reject our
alms, on the ground that we are " Slave-Drivers," after
sending missionaries to solicit them. And we have seen
Mr. O'Connell, the " irresponsible master" of millions of
ragged serfs, from whom, poverty stricken as they are,
he contrives to wring a splendid privy purse, throw
back with contumely the " tribute " of his own coun-
trymen from this land of " miscreants." These people
may exhaust their slang and make black-guards of
themselves, but they cannot defile us. And as for the
suggestion to exclude slaveholders from your London
clubs, we scout it. Many of us indeed do go to London,
and we have seen your breed of gawky Lords, both
there and here ; but it never entered into our concep-
tions to look on them as better than ourselves. The
American slave-holders, collectively or individually,
ask no favors of any man or race who tread the earth.
In none of the attributes of men, mental or physical,
do they acknowledge or fear superiority elsewhere.
They stand in the broadest light of the knowledge,
civilization and improvement of the age as much
favored of Heaven as any of the sons of Adam. Ex-
acting nothing undue, they yield nothing but justice
and courtesy, even to royal blood. They cannot be
flattered, duped, nor bullied out of their rights or