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 197

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Correspondence | John F. Trow & Co.; The Reprint Company | 1866, 1978
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the needy, the aficted ; from strife, sorrow and star-
vation which surround you ; close your eyes and hands
upon them ; shut out from your thoughts and feelings
the human misery which is real, tangible, and within
your reach, to indulge your morbid imagination in
conjuring up woes and wants among a strange people
in distant lands, and offering them succor in the shape
of costless denunciations of their best friends, or by
scattering among them " firebrands, arrows, and death."
Such folly and madness such wild mockery and base
imposture, can never win for you, in the sober judgment
of future times, the name of Philanthropists. Will
you even be regarded as worthy citizens ? Scarcely,
when the purposes you have in view can only be
achieved by revolutionizing governments and over-
turning social systems, and when you do not hesitate
zealously and earnestly to recommend such measures.
Be assured, then, that posterity will not regard the
Abolitionists as Christians, Philanthropists, or virtuous
citizens. It will, I have no doubt, look upon the mass
of the party as silly enthusiasts, led away by design-
ing characters, as is the case with all parties that
break from the great, acknowledged ties that bind
civilized man in fellowship. The leaders themselves
will be regarded as mere ambitious men ; not taking
rank with those whose ambition is "eagle-winged and
sky-aspiring," but belonging to that mean and selfish
class who are instigated by " rival-hating envy," and
whose base thirst is for Notoriety ; who cloak their
designs under vile and impious hypocrisies, and, un-
able to shine in higher spheres, devote themselves to
Fanaticism as a trade. And it will be perceived that,
even in that, they shunned the highest walk. Re-