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 182

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Correspondence | John F. Trow & Co.; The Reprint Company | 1866, 1978
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as the organ of the Free Church of Scotland, the
North British Review, has lately done, that they " are
precluded by the statements and conduct of the Apos-
tles from regarding mere slave-holding as essentially
si~ul; " while the desperate and reckless, who are bent
on keeping up the agitation at every hazard, declare,
as has been done in the Anti-Slavery Record, " If our
inquiry turns out in favor of slavery, IT IS THE BIBLE
THAT MUST FALL, AND NOT THE RIGHTS OF HUMAN NA-
TURE." You cannot, I am satisfied, much longer main-
tain before the world, the Christian platform from
which to wage war upon our Institutions. Driven
from it, you must abandon the contest, or, repudiating
REVELATION, rush into the horrors of NATURAL RELI-
GION.
You next complain that our slaves are kept in
bondage by the " Law of force." In what country or
condition of mankind do you see human affairs regu-
lated merely by the law of love ? Unless I am greatly
mistaken you will, if you look over the world, find
nearly all certain and permanent rights, civil, social,
and I may even add religious, resting on and ultimately
secured by the " law of force." The power of major-
ities of aristocracies--of Kings nay of priests, for
the most part, and of property, resolves itself at last
into "force," and could not otherwise be long main-
tained. Thus, in every turn of your argument against
our system of slavery, you advance, whether con-
scious of it or not, radical and revolutionary doctrines
calculated to change the whole face of the world, to
overthrow all governments, disorganize society, and
reduce man to a state of nature red with blood, and
shrouded once more in barbaric ignorance. But you