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Archibald H. Grimke, William Lloyd Garrison the Abolitionist, Chapter 3: the man begins his ministry. (search)
ht. G.-Ah! that is a precious book — the rule of conduct. I have always supposed that its spirit was directly opposed to everything in the shape of fraud and oppression. However, sir, I should be glad to hear your text. M. (hesitatingly)--Ham — Noah's curse, you know. G. (hastily)-Oh, sir, you build on a very slender foundation. Granting even-what remains to be proved — that the Africans are the descendants of Ham, Noah's curse was a prediction of future servitude, and not an injunHam, Noah's curse was a prediction of future servitude, and not an injunction to oppress. Pray, sir, is it a careful desire to fulfill the Scriptures, or to make money, that induces you to hold your fellow-men in bondage? M. (excitedly)-Why, sir, do you really think that the slaves are beings like ourselves?-that is, I mean do you believe that they possess the same faculties and capacities as the whites? G. (energetically)-Certainly, sir, I do not know that there is any moral or intellectual quality in the curl of the hair, or the color of the skin. I canno<