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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 193

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Correspondence | John F. Trow & Co.; The Reprint Company | 1866, 1978
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peculiar protection from the Union. On the contrary,
it is well known we incur peculiar danger, and that
we bear far more than our proportion of the burdens.
The apprehension is also fast fading away that any of
the dreadful consequences commonly predicted will
necessarily result from a separation of the States.
And, come what may, we are firmly resolved that OUR
SYSTEM OF DOMESTIC SLAVERY SHALL STAND. The fate
of the Union then but thank God not of Republican
Government rests mainly in the hands of the people
to whom your letter is addressed the " professing
Christians of the Northern States having no concern
with slaveholding," and whom with incendiary zeal you
are endeavoring to stir up to strife--without which
fanaticism can neither live, move, nor have any being.
We have often been taunted for our sensitiveness
in regard to the discussion of Slavery. Do not sup-
pose it is because we have any doubts of our rights,
or scruples about asserting them. There was a time
when such doubts and scruples were entertained. Our
ancestors opposed the introduction of Slaves into this
country, and a feeling adverse to it was handed down
from them. The enthusiastic love of liberty fostered
by our Revolution strengthened this feeling. And
before the commencement of the Abolition agitation
here, it was the common sentiment that it was desira-
ble to get rid of Slavery. Many thought it our duty
to do so. When that agitation arose, we were driven
to a close examination of the subject in all its bear-
ings, and the result has been an universal conviction
that in holding Slaves we violate no law of God
inflict no injustice on any of his creatures—while the
terrible consequences of emancipation to all parties