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 176

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Correspondence | The Reprint Company; John F. Trow & Co. | 1866, 1978
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of our slaves. And from all that I can see, you are
equally ignorant of the essential principles of human
association revealed in history, both sacred and pro-
fane, on which slavery rests, and which will perpetuate
it forever in some form or other. However you may
declaim against it; however powerfully you may array
atrocious incidents ; whatever' appeals you may make
to the heated imaginations and tender sensibilities
of mankind, believe me, your total blindness to
the whole truth, which alone constitutes the truth,
incapacitates you from ever making an impression
on the sober reason and sound common sense of the
world. You may seduce thousands you can con-
vince no one. Whenever and wherever you or the
advocates of your cause can arouse the passions of the
weakininded and the ignorant, and, bringing to bear
with them the interests of the vicious and unprincipled,
overwhelm common sense and reason as God some-
times permits to be done you may triumph. Such a
triumph we have witnessed in Great Britain. But I
trust it is far distant here : Nor can it from its nature
be extensive or enduring. Other classes of Reform-
ers, animated by the same spirit as the Abolitionists,
attack the institution of marriage, and even the estab-
lished relations of Parent and Child. And they col-
lect instances of barbarous cruelty and shocking
degradation which rival, if they do not throw into the
shade, your slavery statistics. But the rights of mar-
riage and parental authority rest upon truths as ob-
vious as they are unchangeable coining home to
every human being—self-impressed forever on the
individual mind, and cannot be shaken until the whole
man is corrupted, nor subverted until civilized society