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 181

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Correspondence | John F. Trow & Co.; The Reprint Company | 1866, 1978
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gated edition, prepared for the use of the Abolition-
ists, in which everything relating to slavery that mili-
tates against their view of it is left out. The Prophet
Joel denounces the Tyrians and Sidonians because "The
children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem
have ye sold unto the Grecians." And what is the
divine vengeance for this " notorious slave trading ? "
Hear it. " And I will sell your sons and daughters
into the hands of the children of Judah, and they
shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for
the Lord bath spoken it." Do you call this a condem-
nation of slave-trading ? The Prophet makes God
Himself a participator in the crime, if that be one.
" The Lord bath spoken it," he says, that the Tyrians
and Sidonians shall be sold into slavery to strangers.
Their real offence was in enslaving the Chosen People ;
and their sentence was a repetition of the old Com-
mand, to make slaves of the " Heathen round about."
I have dwelt upon your scriptural argument be-
cause you profess to believe the Bible ; because a large
proportion of the Abolitionists profess to do the same,
and to act under its sanction ; because your Circular is
addressed in part to " professing Christians ;" and
because it is from that class mainly that you expect to
seduce converts to your anti-christian, I may say, infidel
doctrines. It would be wholly unnecessary to answer
you to any one who reads the Scriptures for himself,
and construes them according to any other formula
than that which the Abolitionists are wickedly en-
deavoring to impose upon the world. The scriptural
sanction of slavery is in fact so palpable, and so strong,
that both wings of your party are beginning to ac-
knowledge it. The more sensible and moderate adr,it,.
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