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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 7. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), The conflict with slavery (search)
a party resting upon such broad principles is directing its exclusive exertions against slavery. Are there not other great interests? ask 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 does hold some threescore of slaves, and maintain that two hundred years of legislation has sanctioned and sanctified negro slavery, is, at the same time, the champion of Greek liberty, and Polish liberty, and South American liberty, and, in short, of all sorts of liberties, save liberty at home. Yes, friends, we have considered all this, and more, namely,