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[335] perhaps for the last time, from those to whom he owes so much. Yet both abroad and at home there are clearing skies and signs of great promise—the repentance of Great Britain, the heroism of the abolitionists. ‘If ever there was a cause which established the disinterestedness and integrity of its supporters, yours is that cause.’ The national attention has been fixed on slavery. ‘What has created the mighty discussion which has taken, or is taking, place in almost every debating society or lyceum throughout the Union, and which cannot cease till the cause of it, slavery, is overthrown?’ The truth has found a prominent medium in the Liberator, which shall not go down while body and mind endure. Admit its incendiary character: it is a rising sun.

But the Liberator is said to be destructive in its character1 and tendency. That charge, also, I admit is true. It is putting whole magazines of truth under the slave system, and I trust in God will blow it into countless fragments, so that not the remnant of a whip or chain can be found in all the South, and so that upon its ruins may be erected the beautiful temple of freedom. I will not waste my strength in foolishly endeavoring to beat down this great Bastile with a feather. I will not commence at the roof, and throw off its tiles by piecemeal. I am for adopting a more summary method of demolishing it. I am for digging under its foundations, and springing a mine that shall not leave one stone upon another. I leave colonizationists to pick up the leaves which are annually shed by the Bohon Upas of our land, with the vain hope of exterminating it; but as for myself, I choose rather to assail its trunk with the axe of justice, and strike with all my nerve such blows as shall cause “this great poison-tree of lust and blood, and of all abominable and heartless iniquity, to fall before it; and law and love, and God and man, to shout victory over its ruin.”

But the Liberator uses very hard language, and calls a great many bad names, and is very harsh and abusive. Precious cant, indeed! And what has been so efficacious as this

1 Address before the Free People of Color, April, 1833. p. 11.

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