propriety of nominating you to represent this District on the floor of Congress. I never doubted your attachment to the Union of these States—I never believed you to be inimical to the rights of man. These disclosures I make,—not that I am any longer a politician, for I now view the politics of this country to be essentially corrupt and unholy,—but to show you that in my strictures I am not actuated by any political grudge, and that my regard for principle is stronger than my partiality for persons. That you still love liberty, I do not deny. Liberty for whom? For the black as well as the white man? O no! For yourself, your children, and your white countrymen—for tyrants, but not for slaves—for the strong and powerful, but not for the weak and needy—for the rapacious and violent, but not for the guiltless and submissive! That you are still a patriot, I care not to dispute; but your patriotism excludes one-sixth portion of your countrymen from its embrace, and talks approvingly of making two millions and a half of your species ‘nonentities’! That you hate oppression, I cannot doubt; but it is not the oppression of the black man, but only of the white! Sir, this great transgression of your life has been committed under circumstances of peculiar criminality. “The frost of nearly three-score years and ten” is upon your head;—the hand of “time and affliction” presses heavily upon you—your “days are nearly numbered” ; and you will be soon called to stand at the tribunal of Him who died to redeem as well the blackest as the whitest of our race! Yet, at this solemn period, you have not scrupled, nay, you have been ambitious, to lead and address an excited multitude, in vindication of all imaginable wickedness, embodied in one great system of crime and blood—to pander to the lusts and desires of the robbers of God and his poor—to consign over to the ‘tender mercies’ of cruel taskmasters multitudes of guiltless men, women and children—and to denounce as “an unlawful and dangerous association” a society whose only object is to bring this nation to repentance, through the truth as it is in Jesus! You have made a speech in public, (in your opinion, “probably for the last time,” ) to prove the innocence of the people of the free States, because they have agreed to acquiesce in “the claim of the South to consider their slaves [the rational, accountable creatures of God] as Cyphers or Nonentities'—” to seize and restore runaway slaves'—to allow the master to “exercise all the political rights of the slave, and that he ”
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