threatened dire vengeance.
thereupon retorted in this wise:
early declared against paying any money compensation to slaveholders for emancipating their slaves; and in reply to the inquiry of a colonizationist,— ‘Who can doubt that it might be the soundest policy
to extinguish the master's claim throughout our territory at the price of six hundred millions of dollars
‘We unhesitatingly doubt it, in a moral point of view.
It2 would be paying a thief for giving up stolen property, and acknowledging that his crime was not a crime.
Once hold out the prospect of payment by the General Government, and there will soon be an end to all voluntary emancipation.
Moreover, to rely upon private charities and public donations for the extinction of slavery is madness.
If the moral sense of the people will not induce them to let the oppressed go free without money and without price, depend upon it their benevolent sympathies will be most unproductive.
No; let us not talk of buying the slaves—justice demands their liberation.’
To the same writer, who had spoken of the ‘delicate subject’ of slavery, he replied: ‘In correcting public vices and aggravated crimes, delicacy is not to be consulted.