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13. It is argued, that “if voting under the Constitution be a1 criminal participation in slavery, the paying of taxes under it is equally so.” Without stopping to show that there is a fallacy in this argument, we reply, that, in the common use and understanding of the terms, no seceder will ever again pay taxes to the Government while it upholds slavery. He may consent peaceably to yield up what is demanded of him, but not without remonstrance, and only as he would give up his purse to a highwayman. He will not recognize it as a lawful tax—he will not pay it as a tax—but will denounce it as robbery and oppression.

17. The last objection urged by the protestants is, that “it2 proposes to dissolve the American Union, and our membership of it, before having petitioned for a change of the objectionable features of the American Constitution.” Of what avail is it to petition when the right of petition is denied and trampled in the dust? What is it but to mock us to say, when we are treated as outlaws, and slavery reigns over the land, that we have not gone through certain worthless forms before declaring that we will not any longer “walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful” ? It is enough that the Government is powerless to protect us— nay, that it gives us up to destruction—nay, more, that it keeps in chains, as beasts of burden, three millions of the people. As the angels said to Lot, “Escape for thy life!—look not behind3 thee, neither stay thou in all the plain: escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed!” —so are we to “come out” and be separate, in the spirit of heavenly allegiance exclaiming, “O Lord4 our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us; but by thee only will we make mention of thy name.” How applicable the language of Isaiah to the present emergency!— “For5 the Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread; and he shall be for a sanctuary.”

We have thus examined every objection brought by the protestants against the action of the Parent Society, as far as our narrow limits will permit—with what success, our readers must decide. The more we weigh this matter, the stronger grows our conviction that the true issue is now made, that abolitionists should take a revolutionary position, and that

1 Protest of Earle and Buffum.

2 Protest of Earle and Buffum.

3 Gen. 19.17.

4 Isa. 26.13.

5 Isa. 8.11-14.

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