day more firmly grounded in the confidence of the great mass of the Southern
people, and more extensively ramified and interlocked with other civil institutions of the whole country, than at any former period of its history!
How is this?
The abstract opinions and sentiments in question, pervading our literature, our politics, and our theology, have been adopted by so many of our citizens as to entitle the doctrine to be regarded as a kind of national belief — the sentiment a kind of national feeling.
We are told that all men believe
slavery to be wrong in principle; that is, wrong in itself!
and that all men feel that it is wrong!
And certain it is, there is more truth than fiction in all this!
It is strictly true, as to the citizens of the so-called free States.
The same doctrine is not without advocates at the South
; whilst many more, as we have before stated, who may not be said to believe it, are nevertheless often the subjects of painful misgivings.
it may be true.
The causes to which we have traced this, fully account for it; and we need not fear to state the truth.
But then again, the question recurs — How is this, that the institution itself, a great practical truth, should daily, for a long series of years, become more and more practical — a fixed fact in the country?
Truly, this is a phenomenon for which the philosophy of the day will not