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[509] for the power rests in the hands of the tyrant who keeps him in chains, and it is his duty to break them asunder. But it matters not, except to demand an increase of zeal and activity, if every interposing tribe or nation, if the whole world, is to be changed, before that solitary slave can go free. Then I will begin with him who stands next by my side, and with my associates, and with my country; and if the impulse must be sent by proxy, if every man, woman and child must be abolitionized by detail, before the captive can be disenthralled, I am nevertheless bound to commence the work, if no others will, and to cooperate with them if they have begun it. Why? Because he is my neighbor, though occupying the remotest point of the earth; and I am charged by the Lamb of God, the judge of quick and dead, to love my neighbor as myself. . . . Because by it an example is set which, if passively submitted to, may lead to the enslavement of others—of a community—of a people— of myself. Enslave but a single human being, and the liberty of the world is put in peril. . . . Hence it is, that whether I contemplate slavery singly or in the aggregate, my soul kindles within me—the entire man is moved with indignation and abhorrence—I cannot pause, I cannot slumber—I am ready for attack, and will admit of no truce and of no compromise. The war is a war of extermination; and I will perish before an inch shall be surrendered, seeing that the liberties of mankind, the happiness and harmony of the universe, and the authority and majesty of Almighty God, are involved in the issue. . . .

What have we to do with Southern slavery? What has England to do with it? And yet, a few years since, the American Colonization Society (of which, Mr. Sprague, you are a champion) sent out an agent to that country to procure the charities of her philanthropists, in order to undermine and abolish American slavery—this being the great object of the Society, as stated to the British public by that Agent. Now, if Old England may meddle with this “delicate” subject, surely New England may venture to do so likewise. If that which is remote is or ought to be interested in the abolition of American slavery, how much more that which is near!

I rejoice—join with me in this exultation, friends of freedom! friends of humanity!—I rejoice that Old England did not meanly wrap herself up in the garb of indifference or selfishness, but acted in a manner worthy of her Christian renown. I am glad, and grateful, that she promptly responded to the call of the Agent of the American Colonization Society,

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