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 188

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Correspondence | The Reprint Company; John F. Trow & Co. | 1866, 1978
Transcription 188
You declare that " the character of the people of
the South has long been that of hardened Infidels,
who fear not God, and have no regard for religion."
I will not repeat what I said in my former letter on
this point. I only notice it to ask you how you could
possibly reconcile it to your profession of a Christian
spirit, to make such a malicious charge to defile your
soul with such a calumny against an unoffending
people ?
" You are old ;
Nature in you stands on the very verge
Of her confines. You should be ruled and led By some discretion."
May God forgive you.
Akin to this is the wanton and furious assault
made on us by Mr. Macaulay in his late speech, on
the Sugar duties, in the House of Commons, which
has just reached me. His denunciations are wholly
without measure, and among other things he asserts
" that Slavery in the United States wears its worst
form ; that, boasting of our civilization and freedom,
and frequenting Christian Churches, we breed up
slaves, nay, beget children for slaves, and sell them at
so much a head." Mr. Macaulay is a Reviewer, and
he knows that he is " nothing if not critical." The
practice of his trade has given him the command of all
the slashing and vituperative phrases of our language,
and the turn of his mind leads him to the habitual use
of them. He is an author, and as no copy-right law
secures for him from this country a consideration for
his writings, he is not only independent of us, but
naturally hates everything American. He is the Re-
presentative of Edinburgh ; it is his cue to decry our