No common wrong provoked our zeal,Even Thomas Jefferson, in his terrible denunciation of Slavery in the Notes on Virginia, says: ‘It is impossible to be temperate and pursue the subject of Slavery.’ After the great contest was over, no class of the American people were more ready, with kind words and deprecation of harsh retaliation, to welcome back the revolted States than the Abolitionists; and none have since more heartily rejoiced at the fast increasing prosperity of the South. Grateful for the measure of favor which has been accorded to my writings, I leave this edition with the public. It contains all that I care to republish, and some things which, had the matter of choice been left solely to myself, I should have omitted.
The silken gauntlet which is thrown
In such a quarrel rings like steel.
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