simply this: ‘To promulgate the true doctrine of human rights in high places and low places, and all places where there are human beings; to whisper it in chimney corners, and to proclaim it from the house-tops, yea, from the mountain-tops; to pour it out like water from the pulpit and the press; to raise it up with all the food of the inner man, from infancy to gray hairs; to give “line upon line, and precept upon precept,” till it forms one of the foundation principles and parts indestructible of the public soul.
Let those who contemn this plan renounce, if they have not done it already, the gospel plan of converting the world; let them renounce every plan of moral reformation, and every plan whatsoever, which does not terminate in the gratification of their own animal natures.’
The friends of emancipation would urge in the first instance an immediate abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia, and in the Territories
The number of slaves in these portions of the country, coming under the direct jurisdiction of the general government, is as follows—
Here, then, are twenty-six thousand human beings, fashioned in the image of God, the fitted temples of His Holy Spirit, held by the government in the abhorrent chains of slavery.