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 350

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practical question, if we offer them none, and we
have none to offer, —on which they are next to rally
for the conquest of the South ? The measure or the
man ? It does seem to me that this great fire is dying
out from want of fuel. That this crusade, as many
crusades before, has exhausted itself, and that there is
no argument or leader that can keep it alive. They
have had their Peter Hermits, but their Godfreys,
their BaJdwins, their lion-hearted Richards, where are
they ? It seems that they will scarcely agree even on
their Louis IX., who shall lead their last pious cam-
paign and enjoy martyrdom.
And let me say that if the abolitionists cannot
unite the free States as a purely anti-slavery party in
the presidential election of 1860, and fail again in
1864, we shall never hear more of them as a political
party ; and it is only as a political party that they are
worthy of our notice. There always will be aboli-
tionists—for fools, enthusiasts, men of morbid imagi-
nations, bent on mischief or ambitious of notoriety,
always will exist. But the abolition party in the free
States is now almost wholly political. DD you sup-
pose that the Sewards, Hales, Wades, Wilsons, Chases,
and their associates, care anything for African slavery,
or are really hostile to our system of labor, any more
than is the President, Dickinson, Bright, Pugh, or
Douglas ? I do not. Their object is political power.
They have placed themselves on this spring-tide of
fanaticism to obtain it. If it fails them if, at the
next presidential election, assuredly if at the two next
we beat them, all this party machinery will fall to
the ground, and the Smiths, Tappans, Garrisons, and
Parkers, will be left alone to their glory.