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 189

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Correspondence | John F. Trow & Co.; The Reprint Company | 1866, 1978
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slavery, and in doing so he may safely indulge the
malignity of his temper, his indignation against us, and
his capacity for railing. He has suffered once for
being in advance of his time in favor of Abolition,
and he does not intend that it shall be forgotten, or
his claim passed over to any crumb which may now
be thrown to the vociferators in the cause. If he does
not know that the statements he has made respecting
the slaveholders of this country are vile and atrocious
falsehoods, it is because he does not think it worth his
while to be sure he speaks the truth, so that he speaks
to his own purpose.
" Hic niger est, hunc tu, Romane caveto."
Such exhibitions as he has made may draw the
applause of a British House of Commons, but among
the sound and high-minded thinkers of the world they
can only excite contempt and disgust.
But you are not content with depriving us of all
religious feelings. You assert that our slavery has
also " demoralized the Northern States," and charge
upon it not only every common violation of good
order there, but the " Mormon murders," the Phila-
delphia riots," and all " the exterminating wars against
the Indians." I wonder that you did not increase the
list by adding -that it had caused the recent inundation
of the Mississippi, and the hurricane in the West
Indies perhaps the insurrection of Rebecca, and the
war in Scinde. You refer to the law prohibiting the
transmission of Abolition publications through the
mail as proof of general corruption ! You could not
do so, however, without noticing the late detected es-
pionage over the British Post Office by a Minister of