only be maintained by monopoly; the moment she comes into competition with free labor, she dies.
Cotton is the corner-stone of slavery in America
; remove it, and slavery receives its mortal blow.
I am glad to see such a society grow up in the land of Clarkson
and of Wilberforce
, the great fathers of Antislavery.
I am glad that England
is awakening to a sense of her power, and I pray God she may arouse herself as one man, and exert that power for the sake of humanity all over the world.
It is not the fault of America
that slavery exists; it is the fault of England
that bribed her with £14,000,000 a year, and it is the price of cotton in the Liverpool
market that signs the death warrant of the poor slaves.
[Cheers.] There are a class of men in America
that would not listen to the voice of an angel, or to one risen from the dead.
The denunciations of O'Connell
are nothing to them, while the balance is on the right side of the ledger; they must have Antislavery preached in their counting-houses, or it will never be preached at all. [Cheers.
The only voice they will listen to is the 6Gazette
that publishes them bankrupts, and the auctioneer who knocks down their houses to the highest bidder.
It is England
that delays that day by paying them £14,000,000 annually for their support.
[Hear, hear!] One hundred per cent profit is better than the most eloquent lips that ever spoke.
You may think it strange for an American to speak thus of a system that is to make bankrupt one half of his country, and paralyze the other; but though I love my country, I love my countrymen more, and these countrymen are the colored men of America
[Cheers.] For their sakes I say, welcome the bolt that smites our commerce to the dust, if with it, by the blessing of God, it will strike off the fetters of the slave.
[Cheers. But I do not fear