as those of the Southern States
of this Union.
The social condition of England
, and the states of the continent of Europe
, are per. petually subject to the disturbing and ruinous influence of local, and often widely spread, insurrectionary movements against the social order, and even the safety of the governments.
Nor are the Northern States
of this Union any more free from these agrarian movements, than may be accounted for by the relative sparseness of their population.
Yet a general feeling of security pervades all these people, whilst it is notorious that there are a great many in Southern communities who are in a constant state of feverish excitement on the subject of domestic insurrections.
Any announcement of that kind is sufficient to convulse a whole community.
The trifling affair of Nat. Turner
(trifling compared with the frequent disturbances and loss of life common in the communities just referred to) painfully agitated the whole State of Virginia
; and occupied her Legislature through a whole winter in grave discussions as to the “best means of freeing the State
from the incubus of slavery.”
These results have all followed from the causes at which we have glanced.
In this state of things, it is in vain to appeal to the fact that Mr. Jefferson
, though a profound