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may still be the slave of unjust laws, the victim of a wicked public sentiment, but he is not your slave, though he may choose to serve you under that name. Abolitionists do not trouble themselves about volun. tary self-sold slaves: there are millions who would take their freedom if they could get it.
7. “The slaves are better off than the free blacks.”
According to our Declaration of Independence, every man has the right to be his own judge about his own" happiness. Now the question with us, is not whether the free blacks are happier, but whether they feel happier than they would in slavery. If not, it is the plainest thing in the world, that they would become slaves, as they may easily do any day.
8. • The slaves in this country are better off than they would have been had they been left in Africa."
This may be true, and yet no thanks be due to slaveholders for it. . Those who kidnapped men on the coast of Africa did it to make merchandize of them. Those who purchased them, did it not to make Christians of them, but to receive the benefit of their labor. Hence the crucifiers of Christ are entitled to as many thanks for the salvation of souls, as slaveholders are for any benefit which slaves may derive from being enslaved.
9. “The slaves have been entailed' upon slaveholders."
If slaves have been entailed upon slaveholders, we know from observation, that they are very will. ing to receive and retain the entailment. Why, then, should they complain ?
10. “Slaveholders know that slavery is a curse, and are opposed to it, but cannot get rid of it.”
If they know it to be a curse, they seem not to believe that their slaves are curses, or, if they do
they are very loth to part with curses. runs away instead of calling in their friends to rejoice with them, they make chase with all possible speed after the poor curses, and sometimes offer fifty, a hundred, two hundred, or even five hundred dollars reward to any man who will take up and confine the curse until they can get it again.
11. “ The slaves would cut their masters' throats if emancipated.”.
If they do so, it must be to get out of freedom, and according to this objection, there is more danger of the slaves killing their masters to get back into slavery, which may be done without
kill. ing, than to get out of slavery, which often cannot be done without killing! To be serious, an objection so disgraceful to human nature should not be brought forward without some fact to stand on. To the honor of our species, we are bold to say no such fact ever has been, or ever will be. See the history of all past emancipations,especially of 800,000 slaves in the British Colonies on the 1st of August, 1834.
12. “The slaves if emancipated would not work.”
Well, what if they would not? Who has a right 'to compel them to work? Who made the slaveholder the executioner of God's sentence, that man shall eat bread in the sweat of his face? Not God, surely, for the slaveholder is himself a rebel against that sentence, eating his bread in the sweat of other people's faces.
13. “ If the slaves were set free, amalgamation would take place.'
Not without the consent of the parties interested. And the citizens of this free country should be the last in the world to infringe upon the will of these parties, for the right to choose a partner for life is so exclusive and sacred, that it is never interfered with, except by the worst of tyrants. But where
does amalgamation exist ? Among the abolitionists of the North, or the slaveholders at the South ? Where slavery has been abolished in the British West Indies, amalgamation has been abolished with it. If the objector is not satisfied with this answer, we turn him over to his brother objector, who says, that the blacks ought always to be slaves, because nature has planted such an antipathy between them and the whites that they can never intermingle.
14. “ But suppose the entire North converted to your doctrines and society, that does not make the South give up the slave.”.
One thing is certain; the South never will give the slave up until the North is converted to our doctrines. While the North regards the colored man as it now does, it would be a Herculean, a desperate enterprise for the South to undertake the emanci. pation of the slave. The North must make its peace with the “free colored man,” before the South can emancipate the slave. It would not save the coun: try, or free the slave, to enact the abolition of slavery by Congress, and by every State General Court in the Union, without a moral change in the white population towards the black, and the consequent revolution of feeling in the black towards the white man. Nothing can effect this change but the action and prevalence of anti-slavery societies and prin ciples.
15. “ You declaim of the evils of slavery, and tell stories of sufferings--but how are you going to help it? Your object-your means-what signifies all this talk while you do nothing ?
You have not emancipated a single slave."
Our object is the abolition of slavery, to wit, of mastery. Our means, and only means-all we need, and all we desire is, the converting our negro-hating and negro-scorning countrymen to our principles and our ranks. This we aim to effect in our ordi.
nary way of the age; by association, preaching, the press and prayer. These are the principles and measures, which professors of religion and doctors of divinity “ deprecate.”.
16. “ We are all abolitionists at the North, and what would you have more of us ?"
Just such abolitionists you are, we reply, as slave. holding desires, and requires you to be. "Abolitionists, who, opposing and overthrowing every doctrine and system you really dislike, let slavery go unmolested; who treat colored people among you as if they were made for slavery ; who discourage their moral and intellectual elevation all in your power; who mob their friends among you for advo: cating their right to freedom; who tear down schools erected for their instruction ; go South and hold slaves yourselves-are slaveholders to the extent of your occasion and convenience.
17. “The measures of the abolitionists tend only to perpetuate slavery."
Do they, indeed! Then pray how comes it to pass, that those at the South, who defend slavery as
corner stone of our republican edifice,” and wish it perpetuated, are so much opposed to our measures ? How is it that the defenders of slavery are everywhere opposed to our measures, and de. clare that we ought to be put to death for them without benefit of clergy, if our measures tend to put off emancipation and to prolong the existence of slavery! Ha, friend ?
18. “ The slaveholders cannot emancipate, on account of the laws forbidding it."
In the same way individual robbers cannot cease to plunder on account of the rules and regulations of the land to which they belong. And did Daniel refuse to pray to the living God, when a law was made by the government under which he lived to prevent it? Did the apostles refuse to preach, when forbidden by the magistrates ?
19. “But emancipation under such laws would be an injury to the slave.”
Of that, the slave must be left to judge, because his is the right to judge. It is for him to say whether or not he will take shelter from a gang of wolves in the den of some very generous individual wolf.
20. “The interferences of abolitionists injure the slave, and make his condition worse.”
Then it was bad before. But is it worse? It would be very convenient for slaveholders to say
But when are tyrants most likely to be humane, generous, kind ?-When no one questions their goodness or their rights, or, when narrowly watched, and laid under the strongest motives to show themselves as they have affirmed themselves to be ?
21. “Abolition endangers the Union !” The threat of separation is almost out of date. The North is not urged to recede from the Union ; the South would not gain anything by it. A dissolution of the Union would be the death blow to slavery.
22. - Your operations tend to excite insurrections."
This is a mistake. Insurrections are always excited by oppression, never by the hope of relief.
23. "They disturb the harmony of the churches.”
Precisely that harmony which ought to be disturbed, viz: harmony of sin. And what is the spi. ritual condition of the church, or any branch of it which cannot bear the plain and faithful declaration of the whole counsel of God? We must not rebuke sin lest it disturb “ the peace of the church !"