Efforts of the Abolitionists.
When the abolition agitation first began in this country — about the time of the emancipation of the negroes in the West Indies
, by the British Government
— many Southern statesmen and newspapers gave the persons engaged in it fair warning, that its only effect would be to render the situation of the slave more, uncomfortable, and that it could not have the slightest effect in procuring him his liberty.
This has proved to be true.--The laws against the black population in the slave States--both bond and free — are every where stricter than they were at the commencement of the agitation — stricter than they ever would have been had it never taken place.
But that is not the whole of it. The Abolitionists have strengthened the institution in a manner never dreamed of, by the Southern States
They have accomplished the conquest of Hayti by Spain
, and the possible reduction of the whole Island to slavery.
By dissolving the Union
they have brought the Governments of Europe
face to face with slavery, and forced them to choose whether they will risk a revolution at home, from the withdrawal of the entire supply of cotton, or acknowledge the institution of slavery at once.
There can be no doubt which horn of the dilemma they will choose.
Even now, the British Government
is becoming reconciled to the existence of slavery, and the probability is that they have already recognized the independence of the Confederate States
, and made a treaty with them.
There is as little doubt that France
has done, or will do, the same thing.
The re-opening of the African slave trade will follow as a necessary consequence, and that, in its turn, will be followed by the reduction of Mexico
once more, under the yoke of Spain
, and the restitution of slavery throughout that extensive country.
Truly, the philanthropists have made handsome work of it.