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[205] feel an attachment of soul which words cannot express; and for yourself, sir, I beg you to accept my thanks for the sympathy which you express in behalf of the poor slave. Alas! that so few in our land feel an interest in the great cause of emancipation! But let us not despair. The time must come— for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken it—when all oppression shall cease, and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig-tree—there being none to molest or make him afraid. We may not live to see that glorious day, but may hasten it by our prayers, our toils, and our sacrifices; nor shall we lose our reward—for the King of Heaven may peradventure bestow that noblest of panegyrics upon us, ‘Well done, good and faithful servants!’

At the present day, American slavery is unequalled for cruelty :—antiquity cannot produce its parallel. And yet it is boastingly proclaimed to the world, that this is the land of the free, and the asylum of the oppressed! Was liberty ever so degraded in the eyes of mankind, or justice mocked with such impunity?

For myself I hold no fellowship with slave-owners. I will not make a truce with them even for a single hour. I blush for them as countrymen—I know that they are not Christians; and the higher they raise their professions of patriotism or piety, the stronger is my detestation of their hypocrisy. They are dishonest and cruel—and God, and the angels, and devils, and the universe know that they are without excuse.

They hear not—see not—know not; for their eyes
Are covered with thick mists—they will not see;
The sick earth groans with man's impieties,
And heaven is tired with man's perversity.

With regard to the outlines of the contemplated tract which you have given, I think they are highly important—but so broad, that their discussion could not be easily or efficiently embraced within twelve duodecimo pages. I would therefore suggest, with deference, the expediency of confining the object of the tract to one of these two points—namely, ‘The Duty of Ministers and Churches, of all denominations, to clear their skirts from the blood of the slaves, and to make the holding of slaves a barrier to communion and church-membership’—or, secondly, in your own language, ‘Suggestions as to the best ways and means to restore the slaves to their unalienable rights, and elevate them to that standing in society to which, ’


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