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Dedication. to Captain John Brown, Senior, of Kansas: To you, Old Hero, I dedicate this record of my Talks with the Slaves in the Southern States. To you is due our homage for first showing how, and how alone, the gigantic crime of our age and nation can be effectually blotted out from our soil forever. You have pr bravery on the field; but more for your religious integrity of character and resolute energy of anti-slavery zeal. Rifle in hand, you put the brave young men of Kansas to shame ; truth in heart, you rendered insignificant the puerile programmes of anti-slavery politicians. You have no confidence in any man, plan or party thatmptly — by law, if we can do it ; over it, if more speedily by such action; peacefully if we can, but forcibly and by bloodshed if we must So am I. You went to Kansas, when the troubles broke out there — not to settle or speculate --or from idle curiosity: but for one stern, solitary purpose--to have a shot at the South. So did
very; but equally do I oppose the doctrine of its protection in States where it already exists. Non-intervention and protection are practically synonymous. Let slavery alone, and it lives a century. Fight it, and it dies. Any weapons will kill it, if kept ever active: fire or water — bayonets or bullion — the soldier's arm or the writer's pen. To prevent its extension merely, will never destroy it. If it is right that slavery should exist in Georgia, it is equally right to extend it into Kansas. If the inter-state traffic in human beings is right, equally just is the demand for re-opening the slave trade. I am an Emancipationist — and something more. I believe slavery to be a curse, which it is desirable to speedily abolish. But to Gradual Emancipation I am resolutely antagonistic. For I regard property in man as robbery of man ; and I am not willing that our robbers should give notes on time — for freedom and justice at thirty days, or thirty years, or any other period: ra
s little baggage along with him. He threatened to cut his bowels out if he dared to return. Alone — sick — a member of an outcast race — without money — without family — and without a home in his tottering old age! Where could the wretched invalid go? He applied to the police. They took him to the jail and confined him in that putrid cell! How long, oh Lord! How long? Here my talks with the slaves on my third trip end. From New Orleans I sailed to St. Louis, and from thence to Kansas, where I lived, with brief intervals, for three years, during the civil wars and the troubles which so long distracted that unhappy Territory. About Northern travellers. With two additional extracts from my Letters, I will close this record. Why is it (it has been asked) that Northern travellers so frequently return from the South with proslavery ideas? Their conversion, I wrote, has already become an argument in favor of slavery. A Yankee renegade, for example, whom I met in
ville, Missouri. It is one of the little towns on the Missouri River, and acquired some celebrity during the troubles in Kansas. It is built on rugged and very hilly ground, as almost all the towns on this unstable river are. It was founded by Conton was the peerless chief. In one number of the Luminary a paragraph appeared condemning the course of the invaders of Kansas. Enough! The press was destroyed and thrown into the river by a mob of pro-slavery ruffians. Col. Park also got noticst. I told him that Stringfellow and Atchison had said that had it not been for Mr. Thayer, and his Emigrant Aid scheme, Kansas ere this would have been a slave State. Then, sir, said the politician, sternly, if he comes to Virginia with such a r sale, at from $15 to $40 per acre. I asked him the reason why so many farms were for sale. Well, the emigration to Kansas and the South is one cause, and another reason is that a great many northerners who came down here, were too greedy to ma
gion, who distinguished themselves as the champions of the South in Kansas. Morally, they are on a level with the whites' around them. The sution by the Hon. J. C. Vaughan, formerly of South Carolina, now of Kansas: once a Southern slaveholder, now one of the truest champions of frtary conflict of the sections. Hence I left the South, and went to Kansas; and endeavored, personally and by my pen, to precipitate a revolutions never go backward. The second American Revolution has begun. Kansas was its Lexington: Texas will be its Bunker Hill, and South Carolin truth that they who take the sword shall perish by it. South of Kansas lies a fertile region already darkened by the curse of slavery. Itcter of those States be? There are numbers of resolute pioneers in Kansas who have sworn that Texas shall again be free — as it was under Mex of the Dismal Swamp, the maroons of Florida, the free-state men of Kansas, have pointed out the method. The South committed suicide when it
s. I. History of the first female slave in Kansas. I was one day in an office where I occasioouthern strongholds!--attribute the freedom of Kansas, and the election of Buchanan! His fate is faas an indication, on the part of the people of Kansas, of the existence of extraordinary powers of ioms naturally reminds us of another celebrated Kansas official, whose name, quite recently, was in ae continuance or the abolishment of slavery in Kansas--as far, at least, as political power, under ts ragamuffin State of Southern California. In Kansas, after his appointment as mail contractor, he t been forgotten. Three Free-State offices in Kansas have been destroyed by violence--two by order saying that he himself was in favor of making Kansas a Free State. This man was appointed postmastannon guards. the most romantic passages of Kansas history have never yet been penned. I will re Everybody who is familiar with the history of Kansas has heard of the----Guards. They were a gang [26 more...]