but you ought not, for her sake, to be false to America—and false you will be, if you fail to rebuke her for her atrocious system of slavery. The fact that her soil is stained with blood, that there is no other institution to which she clings with so much tenacity as to that of slavery, that your welcome depends upon your silence where even the very stones should cry out, that the universal sympathy which is expressed for your oppressed countrymen would instantly be turned to rage, and thus proved to be spurious—this fact alone would make you faithful and fearless, instead of timid and parasitical, if “God, the Almighty,” had selected you “to represent the cause of humanity” before us.1 As there is, in reality, only one reason for your turning a deaf ear to the cry of imbruted humanity among us,—and that is, an apprehension of exciting popular displeasure,—it is idle to pretend that you are compelled to take this course, to avoid being mixed up with a multitude of extraneous matters that would otherwise be pressed upon your consideration. The case of millions deprived of personal liberty, and subjected to2 all the mutations of property, is too distinct and too awful to be put into the same category with the question of tariff, or free trade, or the extension of suffrage, or the distribution of the public lands,3 or social reorganization, or national independence, or non-intervention, or any other question relating to individual advancement or the general welfare. In every land, men differ—widely and honestly differ—in their views respecting the science of political economy and the best form of government, whether for transient or permanent adoption. But as to chattelizing those upon whom the Creator has stamped his own image, the same verdict has always been rendered— ‘guilty!’—the same sentence has always been pronounced –‘let it be Accursed!’—and human nature, with her million echoes, has rung it round the world in every language under heaven—‘let it be Accursed!’ His heart is false to human nature who will not say, ‘Amen!’ There is not a man on earth who does not believe that slavery is a curse. Human beings may be inconsistent, but human nature is true to herself. She has uttered her testimony against slavery with a shriek ever since the monster was begotten; and till it perishes
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3 The Homestead Bill was now looming up as an issue between North and South. Passed by the House of Representatives, it was rejected by the Senate in August, 1852, as an abolition measure (Lib. 22: 141).
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