Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Selections from the Letters and Speeches of the Hon. James H. Hammond, of South Carolina >> Speech Delivered at Barnwell C.H., S.C., October 29, 1858 >> Page 348

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Speech | The Reprint Company; John F. Trow & Co. | 1866, 1978
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chases, for so they may be called, from slave catchers ;
nay, she buys from the President of Liberia, the far-
famed settlement of our own Colonization Society ;
buys the colonists, our own emancipated slaves, who,
sick of freedom, prefer any form of slavery, and in
their desperation do not hesitate to make their pious
patrons in this country the laughing-stock of the whole
world.
Thus these two nations France and England,
whose adoption of this abolition crotchet alone made
it respectable and influential—have thoroughly re-
nounced it, practically, and almost in theory. The
press of England, perhaps the greatest power of the
world, sustains these movements ; while in France the
newspapers are openly discussing the question of
importing negro slaves, by name, in Algeria. I think
it may be fairly said that in Europe abolition has run
its course. Brougham, Palmerston, Russell, and all
the old political agitators, are hanging their harps
upon the willows. Even the son of Wilberforce, the
Fanatic, approves of coolie slavery, which we abhor.
But recently the British government openly surren-
dered its claim to the right of search —a claim set up
mainly to put down the African slave trade, and with-
out which all attempts to do it by force will probably
be idle. And there is nothing to surprise us in all
this, if we are correct in our views of African slavery.
If it be sustained by the religion of the Bible ; if
neither humanity nor sound philosophy oppose it ; if,
as we are convinced, it is a social, political, and econo-
mical benefit to the world, then it was inevitable that,
sooner or later, the abolition crusade must die out
and why not now ?