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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 7. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), The conflict with slavery (search)
her own great champion she would scornfully repudiate the idea, as sophistry, bloody sophistry, such as cast Daniel into the lion's den, and the three Innocents into the fiery furnace; the same sophistry under which the bloody edicts of Nero and Caligula were executed. She would scorn to collect tribute from her slaves under the mouth of cannon, toenforce robbery by murder, to act upon the vague abstraction, the miserable sophistry of enforcing law whether just or unjust.—See Speech of J. C. Ca all manner of Whig and Democrat editors and politicians. Consider, for instance, say the Democrats, the mighty question which is agitating us, whether a Northern man with Southern principles' or a Southern man with the principles of a Nero or Caligula shall be President. Or look at us, say the Whigs, deprived of our inalienable right to office by this Tyler-Calhoun administration. And bethink you, gentlemen, how could your Liberty Party do better than to vote with us for a man who, if he do