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 174

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Correspondence | John F. Trow & Co.; The Reprint Company | 1866, 1978
Transcription 174
A second perusal of it induces me to resume my, pen.
Unwilling to trust my recollection from a single read-
ing, I did not in my last communication attempt to
follow the course of your argument, and meet directly
the points made and the terms used. I thought it
better to take a general view of the subject which
could not fail to traverse your most material charges.
I am well aware however that, for fe'u' of being
tedious, I omitted many interesting topics altogether,
and abstained from a complete discussion of some of
those introduced. I do not propose now to exhaust
the subject ; which it would require volumes to do ;
but without waiting to learn which I may never do
your opinion of what I have already said, I sit down
to supply some _of the deficiencies of my letter of
January, and, with your circular before me, to reply
to such parts of it as have not been fully answered.
It is, I perceive, addressed among others to " such
as have never visited the Southern States" of this
confederacy, and professes to enlighten their ignorance
of the actual "condition of the poor slave in their
own country." I cannot help thinking you would have
displayed prudence in confining the circulation of your
letter altogether to such persons. You night then
have indulged with impunity in giving, as you have
done, a picture of slavery drawn from your own ex-
cited imagination, or from those impure fountains, the
Martineaus, Marryatts, Trollopes and Dickenses, who
have profited by catering, at our expense, to the jea-
lous sensibilities and debauched tastes of your coun-
trymen. Admitting that you are familiar with the
history of slavery and the past discussions of it, as
I did, I now think rather broadly, in my former