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 173

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Correspondence | John F. Trow & Co.; The Reprint Company | 1866, 1978
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their propriety. They smile with contempt at scur-
rility and vaporing beyond the seas, and they turn
their backs upon it where it is " irresponsible ;" but
insolence that ventures to look them in the face, will
never fail to be chastised.
I think I may trust you will not regard this letter
as intrusive. I should never have entertained an idea
of writing it, had you not opened the correspondence.
It you think anything in it harsh, review your own
which I regret that I lost soon after it was received
and you will probably find that you have taken your
revenge beforehand. If you have not, transfer an
equitable 'share of what you deem severe to the ac-
count of the Abolitionists at large. They have accu-
mulated against the slaveholders a balance of invec-
tive which, with all our efforts, we shall not be able
to liquidate much short of the era in which your
National debt will be paid. At all events, I have no
desire to offend you personally, and, with the best
wishes for your continued health, I have the honor
to be,
Your obedient servant,
J. H. HAMMOND.
THOS. CLAr KSON, ESQ.
SILVER BLUFF, S. C., March 24, 1845.
SIR :—In my letter to you of the 28th of January
which I trust you have received ere this —I men-
tioned that I had lost your circular letter soon after it
had come to hand. It was, I am glad to say, only
mislaid, and has within a few days been recovered,