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Letter to Samuel E. Sewall.

Haverhill, 10th of 1st Mo., 1834.
Samuel E. Sewall, Esq., Secretary New England A. S. Society:
dear friend,—I regret that circumstances beyond my control will not allow of my attendance at the annual meeting of the New England Anti-Slavery Society.

I need not say to the members of that society that I am with them, heart and soul, in the cause of abolition; the abolition not of physical slavery alone, abhorrent and monstrous as it is, but of that intellectual slavery, the bondage of corrupt and mistaken opinion, which has fettered as with iron the moral energies and intellectual strength of 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!


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