statesman, and to some extent a logician, was neither a divine nor a metaphysician; and that no people on the globe have shared more largely in the blessings of a bountiful Providence
than those of the Southern States
of this Union.
In the progress of civilization and religion, they have advanced more rapidly than any communities in the country.
Still, Mr. Jefferson
's name does not lose its enchantment; and having already learned to despise the unexampled blessings of Providence
, many of the Southern
people actually believed — until railroad communications began to dispel the illusion — that their own happy States were really falling back in civilization to the darkness of the middle ages.
Add to all this, the halls of legislation continue to echo the opinion that “domestic slavery is a great moral, political, and social evil.”
In this connection, the phrase, moral evil, is restricted to its appropriate meaning, sin
. No doubt, Messrs. Doddridge
, and many others — illustrious names!--who have substantially used this language in various connections, only meant to deprecate the evils of slavery in strong terms, that they might propitiate a more favorable consideration of what they had to say in its defence.
But if we be correct in the position already postulated, it is quite time our politicians, no less than our ecclesiastics, had