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Charles Congdon, Tribune Essays: Leading Articles Contributing to the New York Tribune from 1857 to 1863. (ed. Horace Greeley) 1 1 Browse Search
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Charles Congdon, Tribune Essays: Leading Articles Contributing to the New York Tribune from 1857 to 1863. (ed. Horace Greeley), Mr. Mitchel's Desires. (search)
hite backs with as much gusto as John will flog black ones, should he come to own them. But the Africans are shiftless and degraded. Well, we have heard it just intimated that some Irishmen are not, after all, models of smartness and prudence. But then, Africans cannot help themselves. We should like to know how well the Irishmen have helped themselves for many centuries. We have no desire to speak with the slightest disrespect of the many noble efforts of that people to throw off the yoke; but when an Irish patriot, as Mitchel professes to have been, argues that the black man is not fit for freedom because he is not free, it is perfectly proper for us to ask this Irishman why the rule is not applicable to the condition of his own countrymen. But, out of our respect for an unhappy land, we will not pursue the subject. Many and grievous have been the burthens of Ireland; she has now another to bear in the apostasy of a man whom she once delighted to honor. September 9, 1857.
She had been a slave, but had been liberated. She had a son in slavery. Having tasted the bitter draught of bondage, she was working, night and day, to save her son from the curse. He was in Parkville, Missouri. His master or masters had offered to sell him for eleven hundred dollars. She had nearly raised the sum, when she wrote to him again. Instead of receiving an encouraging reply, the following inhuman note was sent to the gentleman who wrote in her behalf: Parkville, Sept. 9th 1857 Sir, I recived yours of the 28 of August you Say that the Mother of Miller is verry anxious to Buy him. I have rote some too or three, Letter in relation to the time and Price now all I have to say is if you want him you must come by the fust of Oct or you will have to come to Texs for him & I will not consider my Self under any obligation to take the same price after the first of Oct. if you can get here by the 20 of this Month per haps it would be better for you for I want to start