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The leading commercial and manufacturing men in the North must look with considerable solicitude at the anticipated consummation of abolition triumph in those States whose peculiar products have made the United States one of the first commercial and manufacturing nations of modern times. The probable amount of cotton and rice which will be raised by free labor is a most interesting question to solve. At best, it is not certain that voluntary negro labor will equal the amount produced b
ive to an active life.
If it should turn out that, after becoming free, they will work no more than is necessary to supply the few wants of man in a fertile country, it would be a sad trial to the commercial and manufacturing interests.
The United States would, in that event, be no longer the great cotton and commerce Republic, and would become a very commonplace, Canadian kind of country.
Its decline in material power and greatness would be compensated, however, by the elevating considerati