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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 198

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Correspondence | John F. Trow & Co.; The Reprint Company | 1866, 1978
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ligious Fanaticism was an old established vocation, in
which something brilliant was required to attract at-
tention. They could not be George Foxes, nor
Joanna Southcotes, nor even Joe Smiths. But the
dullest pretender could discourse a jumble of pious
bigotry, natural rights, and drivelling philanthropy.
And, addressing himself to aged folly and youthful
vanity, to ancient women, to ill-gotten wealth, to the
reckless of all classes who love excitement and change,
offer each the cheapest and the safest glory in the
market. Hence, their numbers ; and, from number
and clamor, what impression they have on the world.
Such I am persuaded is the light in which the
Abolitionists will be viewed by the posterity their
history may reach. Unless, indeed which God for-
bid—circumstances should so favor as to enable them
to produce a convulsion which may elevate them higher
on the " bad eminence " where they have placed them-
selves.
I have the honor to be
Your obedient servant,
J. H. HAMMOND.
THOMAS CLARKSON, Esq.