r; and that postponing the struggle between them would only make it the more deadly in the end. The day of compromise, he still contended, has passed.
These two great ideas have been kept apart only by the most artful means.
They are like two wild beasts in sight of each other, but chained and held apart.
Some day these deadly antagonists will one or the other break their bonds, and then the question will be settled.
In a conversation with a fellow-lawyer
Joseph Gillespie, Ms. letter, June 9, ‘66. he said of slavery: It is the most glittering, ostentatious, and displaying property in the world, and now, if a young man goes courting, the only inquiry is how many negroes he or his lady-love owns.
The love for slave property is swallowing up every other mercenary possession.
Slavery is a great and crying injustice — an enormous national crime.
At another time he made the observation that it was singular that the courts would hold that a man never lost his right to his property