“  should be nothing” —and because, on framing the Federal Constitution, the whole nation was licensed to pursue, for twenty years longer, the foreign slave trade, which even you are compelled to designate as “the abominable traffic!” “Such,” you declare, “is the bargain which we, the people of the United States, have made with each other,” — “with our eyes open” — “with a full knowledge of all the circumstances of the case, of all the inducements to make it, of all the objections that could be made against it” !!—And then you have the infatuation or temerity to ask, “In what age of the world, and among what people and states, was a compact ever made more solemn and sacred?!!” . . . Sir, do you wish to put it within the power of impartial truth, after your death, to place upon your tombstone this awful inscription? If not, humble yourself before God, confess your sin, and lift up your voice in behalf of the perishing slave, as loudly as you have spoken in defense of his lordly master!Mr. Otis's failure to find in the Scriptures any prohibition of slavery, and challenge to produce any, were metHere lies the body of
Reader, weep at human inconsistency and frailty!
The last public act of his life,
A life conspicuous for many honorable traits,
Was an earnest defense of
The rights of tyrants and slave-mongers
To hold in bondage, as their property,
The bodies and souls of millions of his own countrymen!
This was made in
“The old Cradle of Liberty,”
In the year of our Lord, 1835, and the fifty-ninth of the
Declaration of American Independence!
Pause, terrible Truth!
He has gone to the judgment-seat of Christ!
‘Inasmuch as ye did it not unto one of the least of these
my brethren, ye did it not to me.’
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