The conflict with slavery
Justice and expediency: or, slavery considered with A view to its rightful and effectual remedy, abolition.
There is a law above all the enactments of human codes, the same throughout the world, the same in all time,—such as it was before the daring genius of Columbus pierced the night of ages, and opened to one world the sources of wealth and power and knowledge, to another all unutterable woes; such as it is at this day: it is the law written by the finger of God upon the heart of man; and by that law, unchangeable and eternal while men despise fraud, and loathe rapine, and abhor blood, they shall reject with indignation the wild and guilty fantasy that man can hold property in man.
It may be inquired of me why I seek to agitate the subject of Slavery in New England
, where we all acknowledge it to be an evil.
Because such an acknowledgment is not enough on our part.
It is doing no more than the slave-master and the slave-trader.
‘We have found,’ says James Monroe
, in his speech on the subject before the Virginia Convention, ‘that this evil has preyed upon the very vitals of the Union
; and has been prejudicial to all the states in which it has existed.’
All the states in their several Constitutions and declarations of rights have made a similar statement.
And what has been the consequence