a wealthy Boston
shipping merchant who gave orders that no slaves should be carried on his vessels, was a brilliant woman and a leader in the highest sense in that city.
But when she consented to preside over a small conference of Anti-Slavery women, society cut her dead, her former associates refusing to recognize her on the street.
The families of Arthur
and Lewis Tappan
, the distinguished merchants of New York, were noted for their intelligence and culture, but when the heads of the families came to be classified as Abolitionists the doors of all fashionable mansions were at once shut against them.
They in other ways suffered for their opinions.
The home of Lewis Tappan
was invaded by a mob, and furniture, books, and bric-a-brac
were carried to the street and there burned to ashes.
The masses of the Northern
people were, however, led to favor slavery by other arguments.
One of them was that the slaves, if manumitted, would at once rush to the North
and overrun the free States.
I have heard that proposition warmly supported by fairly intelligent persons.
Another argument that weighed with a surprisingly large number of people, was that civil equality would be followed by social equality.
As soon as they were free, negro men, it was said, would marry white wives.
“Do you want your son or your daughter to marry a nigger?”
was regarded as a knockout anti-Abolitionist argument.
The idea, of course, was absurd.
“Is it to be inferred that because I don't want a negro woman for a slave, I do want her for a wife?”
was one of the quaint and pithy observations attributed to Mr. Lincoln