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 191

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Correspondence | The Reprint Company; John F. Trow & Co. | 1866, 1978
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brokers and other speculators, who have been bitten
in American ventures, may have raised a stunning
" cry " against us in England, there is a vast body of
people here besides slave-holders, who justly
Deem their own land of every land the pride, Beloved by Heaven o'er all the world beside."
And who know that at this moment we rank among
the First Powers of the world —a position which we
not only claim, but are always ready and able to main-
tain.
The style you assume in addressing your Northern
friends is in perfect keeping with your 'apparent esti-
mation of them. Though I should be the last, per-
haps, to criticise mere style, I could not but be struck
with the extremely simple manner of your letter.
You seem to have thought you were writing a Tract
for benighted Heathen, and telling wonders never
before suggested to their imagination, and so far above
their untutored comprehension as to require to be
related in the . primitive language of " the child's own
book." This is sufficiently amusing ; and would be
more so but for the coarse and bitter epithets you con-
tinually apply to the poor slave-holders epithets
which appear to be stereotyped for the use of Aboli-
tionists, and which form a large and material part of
all their arguments.
But perhaps the most extraordinary part of your let-
ter is your bold denunciation of " the shameful compro-
mises" of our Constitution, and your earnest recom-
mendation to those you address to overthrow or revolu-
tionize it. In so many words you say to them, " you must
either separate yourselves from all political connexion