that spirit of freedom, which knows no distinction of cast or color; which has been kindled in the heart of the black as well as in that of the white.
And what is this system which we are thus protecting and upholding?
A system which holds two millions of God's creatures in bondage, which leaves one million females without any protection save their own feeble strength, and which makes even the exercise of that strength in resistance to outrage punishable with death!
which considers rational, immortal beings as articles of traffic, vendible commodities, merchantable property,—which recognizes no social obligations, no natural relations,—which tears without scruple the infant from the mother, the wife from the husband, the parent from the child.
In the strong but just language of another: ‘It is the full measure of pure, unmixed, unsophisticated wickedness; and scorning all competition or comparison, it stands without a rival in the secure, undisputed possession of its detestable preeminence.’
So fearful an evil should have its remedies.
The following are among the many which have been from time to time proposed:—--
1. Placing the slaves in the condition of the serfs of Poland
, fixed to the soil, and without the right on the part of the master to sell or remove them.
This was intended as a preliminary to complete emancipation at some remote period, but it is impossible to perceive either its justice or expediency.
2. Gradual abolition, an indefinite term, but which is understood to imply the draining away,