Letter to Samuel E. Sewall.
New England. For what is slavery, after all, but fear,—--fear, forcing mind and body into unnatural action And it matters little whether it be the terror of the slave-whip on the body, or of the scourge of popular opinion upon the inner man. We all know how often the representatives of the Southern division of the country have amused themselves in Congress by applying the opprobrious name of ‘slave’ to the free Northern laborer. And how familiar have the significant epithets of ‘white slave’ and ‘dough-face’ become!