the same footing with other cattle.”
I remember the expression very well because it shocked me, boy that I was. It did not disturb the great majority of those present, however.
They cheered the sentiment and gave their votes for the speaker, who was re-elected by a large majority.
About the same time I happened to be present where a General Assembly of one of our largest religious denominations was in session, and listened to part of an address by a noted divine — the most distinguished man in the body — which was intended to prove that slavery was an institution existing by biblical authority.
He spent two days in a talk that was mostly made up of scriptural texts and his commentaries upon them.
This was in Ohio
, and there was not a slave-owner in the assembly, and yet a resolution commendatory of the views that had just been declared by the learned doctor, was adopted by an almost unanimous vote.
In the neighborhood in which I lived was an old and much respected clergyman who was called upon to preach a sermon on a day of some national significance.
He made it the occasion for a florid panegyric upon American institutions, which, he declared, assured freedom to all men. Here he paused, “When I spoke of all men enjoying freedom under our flag,” he resumed, “I did not, of course, include the Ethiopians whom Providence
has brought to our shores for their own good as well as ours.
They are slaves by a divine decree.
As descendants of Ham
, they are under a curse that makes them the servants of their more fortunate white brethren.”
Having thus put himself right on the record, he