Multitudes of those who are such flaming abolitionists here,6 as they call themselves, are a sui generis kind of abolitionist—a mongrel character, like Aunt Ophelia in “Uncle Tom's Cabin.” They are desperately opposed to slavery entering here—and why? Because they “don't want the niggers about them.” . . . Now I feel quite certain that the very people who will vote against the introduction of slavery will also vote for a “Black Law.” 7 . . . I can find but few who dare to say that
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7 For confirmation of this, note the action of the convention which formed a free-State Constitution at Topeka in October, 1855. An article instructing the first General Assembly to exclude free people of color from the Territory was not, indeed, incorporated in that instrument, but was left to be voted on separately at the time of the general adoption (Lib. 25: 191). Exclusion was desired by the Big Springs Convention which preceded that at Topeka (Lib. 25: 155, ). The popular vote was to that effect (Lib. 26: 69; 28: 47). The Constitution legalized slavery till July 4, 1857 (Lib. 26: 69, 70). One could hardly have expected anything else of a free-State population preponderatingly Western, and which contained a larger element from Indiana ‘than from any other State in the Union’—larger than that from New York and all New England combined (Lib. 26: 81, 103).
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