previous next
[510] for assistance to put down American slavery; and I honor her wisdom and discernment in refusing to trust that Agent and his Society, and in sending out to our aid one whom she could trust— one who was signally instrumental in bringing herself to repentance—one who has the confidence, and love, and admiration of her wisest and greatest and best of men and philanthropists— the self-sacrificing, the indefatigable, the courageous, the eloquent, the patriotic, the fearless Thompson! Sir, I shall come, in due course, to your scurrilous and ferocious attack upon the motives and designs of this devoted friend of God and man—an attack which is, upon the face of it, as malignant as the spirit of murder. George Thompson is the steadfast and sincere friend of this country, and will hereafter be ranked among her greatest benefactors. In respectability, sir, he is your equal; and in eloquence and intellectual strength, (and I extol your abilities), incomparably your superior.

With the second letter to Sprague we need not detain1 ourselves. It was no less pungent and forcible than the foregoing, nor less irresistible in its logic; but the handling was lighter. The orator's opening professions with regard to slavery,—that he had always regarded it as a great moral and political evil, and earnestly desired its entire abolition by the South,—were retorted upon him as those of the abolitionists, and as warranting the Richmond Enquirer, say, in offering a reward for his abduction, but for his blowing hot and cold in the same breath. And why so much uproar over a few abolitionists—with their, to be sure, six State and three hundred auxiliary associations, all formed since 1831 and in despite of persecution; and their four hundred meetings appointed for the next three months, as an offset to the series of Northern town meetings now in progress for their suppression? ‘So, then, we derive from our opponents these instructive but paradoxical facts—that without numbers, we are multitudinous; that without power, we are sapping the foundations of the confederacy; that without a plan, we are hastening the abolition of slavery; and that without reason or talent, we are rapidly converting the nation!’ But, ‘the success ’

1 Lib. 5.146.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
George Thompson (2)
Peleg Sprague (1)
Lib (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
1831 AD (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: