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To Lord Morpeth.1

Boston, Dec. 31, 1842.
my dear Morpeth,—The ‘Liberty Bell’ is pealing its notes; and the tongue you supplied adds to the sound. But your most beautiful, true, and very cautious letter,2 while it has given much pleasure to the friends of the slave, has been made, by ingenious and Jesuitical glosses, to reflect upon their conduct and furnish a slur against them. I forward a paper containing some comments on your letter,—which, I regret to say, have been too generally approved by the generality of the people. I have promised to reply to these comments, and shall do it immediately. All that I shall undertake to show will be that we at the North are not foreigners, so far as slavery is concerned, and that we are not busying ourselves with matters which do not belong to us. Repudiation in the ‘sovereign’ State of Mississippi excites the indignation of the Northern States; but we are silent in view of the injustice to the slave, perpetrated by the same State.

Your friends are all well. Mrs. R. regrets that you have favored the Abolitionists even as you have done. I told her that I should let you know her opinion.

God bless you Ever, ever yours,

C. S.

1 Lord Morpeth wrote from Castle Howard Oct. 30, 1842: ‘I long watched the forms gathered on the quay at New York, as we paddled off, with real emotion, and felt how much that I prized and loved I was leaving behind. And now after having been a fortnight at home, after enjoying the delight of being reunited with many of my family, after being more struck than ever with the finished and enamelled face of English scenery,—the hedge-row luxuriance of her fields, the gay sobriety of her steeples and towers,—I still most constantly feel the strongest yearning come over me for some of the true and warm-hearted friends I have left, and I sigh for the clear, expansive azure of your skies; in short, I hardly like to tell you all I feel on the subject, lest you should think me not quite sincere. . . .you see I am as much disposed to make use of you as if your friendship and good nature knew no distinction of hemispheres. It is pleasant to feel that my interminable obligations to you can never appear in the light of a burthen, so delighted shall I be with the consciousness of carrying them about me for my whole existence.’

2 See post, p. 238.

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