that of gradual.
Earnestly as I wish it, I do not expect, no one expects, that the tremendous system of oppression can be instantaneously overthrown.
The terrible and unrebukable indignation of a free people has not yet been sufficiently concentrated against it. The friends of abolition have not forgotten the peculiar organization of our confederacy, the delicate division of power between the states and the general government.
They see the many obstacles in their pathway; but they know that public opinion can overcome them all. They ask no aid of physical coercion.
They seek to obtain their object not with the weapons of violence and blood, but with those of reason and truth, prayer to God, and entreaty to man.
They seek to impress indelibly upon every human heart the true doctrines of the rights of man; to establish now and forever this great and fundamental truth of human liberty, that man cannot hold property in his brother; for they believe that the general admission of this truth will utterly destroy the system of slavery, based as that system is upon a denial or disregard of it. To make use of the clear exposition of an eminent advocate of immediate abolition,1
our plan of emancipation is