‘Degrading influence of slavery’—Reply of Judge Critcher to Mr. Hoar.
In the debate on Education in the House of Representatives, Mr. Hoar
, of Massachusetts
, remarked that slavery in the South
was not so observable in the degradation of the slave as in the depravity of the master.
, of Virginia
, replied: Reminding the gentleman from Massachusetts
that every signer of the Declaration of Independence
, except those from his State, and perhaps one or two others, were slave-owners, he would venture to make a bold assertion; he would venture to say that he could name more eminent men from the parish of his residence, than the gentleman could name from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
He would proceed to name them, and yield the floor to the gentleman to match them if he could.
On one side of his estate is Wakefield
, the birth-place of Washington
On the other side is Stratford
, the residence of Light Horse Harry Lee
, of glorious Revolutionary memory.
, the residence of Richard Henry Lee
, the mover of the Declaration of Independence
, and the Cicero of the American Revolution
There lived Francis Lightfoot Lee
, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence
, at one time Washington
; and Arthur Lee
, the accomplished negotiator of the treaty of commerce and alliance between the Colonies and France
Returning, as said before, you come first to the birth-place of Washington
; another hour's drive will bring you to the birth-place of Monroe
; another hour's drive to the birth-place of Madison
, and if the gentleman supposes that the present generation is unworthy of their illustrious ancestors, he has but to stand on the same estate to see the massive chimneys of the baronial mansion that witnessed the birth of Robert E. Lee
These are some of the eminent men from the parish of his residence, and he yielded the floor, that the gentleman might match them, if he could, from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts