the slaves' freedom would be sealed with blood, that our day of freedom would be like Egypt
's, when “God came forth from his place, his right hand clothed in thunder,” and the jubilee of Israel was echoed by Egypt
's wailing for her first-born.
It is not the thoughtful, the sober-minded, the conscientious, for whom we fear.
With them truth will finally prevail.
It is not that we want eloquence or Christian zeal enough to sustain the conflict with such, and with your aid to come off conquerors.
We know, as your Whately
says of Galileo, that if Garrison
could have been answered, he had never been mobbed; that May's Christian firmness, Smith
's world-wide philanthropy, Chapman
's daring energy, and Weld
's soul of fire can never be quelled, and will finally kindle a public feeling before which opposition must melt away.
But how hard to reach the callous heart of selfishness, the blinded conscience, over which a corrupt Church has thrown its shield lest any ray of truth pierce its dark chambers.
How shall we address that large class of men with whom dollars are always a weightier consideration than duties, prices current stronger argument than proofs of holy writ?
can speak in tones which will command a hearing.
Our appeal has been entreaty, for the times in America
are those party times, when-
Virtue itself of vice must pardon beg,
Yea, curb and woo for leave to do him good.
But from India
a voice comes clothed with the omnipotence of self-interest, and the wisdom which might have been slighted from the pulpit, will be to such men oracular from the market-place.
Gladly will we make a pilgrimage and bow with more than Eastern devotion on the banks of the Ganges
, if his holy waters shall be able to wear away the fetters of the slave.