Israel and Judah [the North and the South] is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness; for they say, The Lord hath forsaken the earth, and the Lord seeth not.”
This strict construction—of which the South
might have applauded the integrity and legality (but for the conclusion, deadly to slavery), and which it would now be obsolete and ridiculous to controvert—was followed in the Address by a critical examination of the pro-slavery compromises of the Constitution
We pass, instead, direct to the closing passages:
The form of government that shall succeed the present1 government of the United States, let time determine.
It would be a waste of time to argue that question until the people are regenerated and turned from their iniquity.
Ours is no anarchical movement, but one of order and obedience.
In ceasing from oppression, we establish liberty.
What is now fragmentary shall in due time be crystallized, and shine like a gem set in the heavens, for a light to all coming ages.
Finally, we believe that the effect of this movement will be—
First, to create discussion and agitation throughout the North; and these will lead to a general perception of its grandeur and importance.
Secondly, to convulse the slumbering South like an earthquake, and convince her that her only alternative is to abolish slavery, or be abandoned by that power on which she now relies for safety.
Thirdly, to attack the Slave Power in its most vulnerable point, and to carry the battle to the gate.
Fourthly, to exalt the moral sense, increase the moral power, and invigorate the moral constitution of all who heartily espouse it.
We reverently believe that, in withdrawing from the American Union, we have the God of justice with us. We know that we have our enslaved countrymen with us. We are confident that all free hearts will be with us. We are certain that tyrants and their abettors will be against us.
The last battle-ground of the disunion doctrine was the New England
Anti-Slavery Convention, whose sessions