After denouncing the abolitionists for gratuitously republishing the advertisements for runaway slaves, the Kentucky
‘And like a notorious agitator upon another theatre, they would hunt down and proscribe from the pale of civilized society the inhabitants of that entire section.
Allow me, Mr. President
, to say that whilst I recognize in the justly wounded feelings of the Minister
of the United States
at the Court of St. James much to excuse the notice which he was provoked to take of that agitator, in my humble opinion he would better have consulted the dignity of his station and of his country in treating him with contemptuous silence.
He would exclude us from European
society, he who himself can only obtain a contraband admission, and is received with scornful repugnance into it!
If he be no more desirous of our society than we are of his, he may rest assured that a state of perpetual non-intercourse will exist between us. Yes, sir, I think the American Minister
would best have pursued the dictates of true dignity by regarding the language of the member of the British
House of Commons as the malignant ravings of the plunderer of his own country
, and the libeller of a foreign and kindred people.’
The recoil of this attack ‘followed hard upon’ the tones of congratulation and triumph of partisan editors at the consummate skill and dexterity with which their candidate for the presidency had absolved himself from the suspicion of abolitionism, and by a master-stroke of policy secured the confidence of the slaveholding section of the