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 184

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Correspondence | The Reprint Company; John F. Trow & Co. | 1866, 1978
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theme of song, are frigid and unfelt compared with
those existing between the master and his slaves who
served his father, and rocked his cradle, or have been
born in his house-hold, and look forward to serve his
children who have been through life the props of his
fortune, and the object of bis care who have partaken
of his griefs, and looked to him for comfort in their
own whose sickness he has so frequently watched
over and relieved whose holidays he has so often
made joyous by his bounties and his presence for
whose welfare when absent his anxious solicitude never
ceases, and whose hearty and affectionate greetings
never fail to welcome him home. In this cold, calcu-
lating, ambitious world of ours, there are few ties
more heartfelt, or of more benignant influence, than
those which mutually bind the master and the slave,
under our ancient system, handed down from the
Father of Israel. The unholy purpose of the Aboli-
tionists is to destroy by defiling it ; to infuse into it
the gall and bitterness which rankle in their own
envenomed bosoms ; to poison the minds of the master
and the servant ; turn love to hatred, array " force"
against force, and hurl all,
" with hideous ruin and combustion down
To bottomless perdition."
You think it a great " crime" that we do not pay our
slaves " wages," and on this account pronounce us
"robbers." In my former letter I showed that the
labor of our slaves was not without great cost to us,
and that in fact they themselves receive more in re-
turn for it than your hirelings do for theirs. For what
purpose do men labor, but to support themselves and