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 -   I am no abolitionist, but to me
it seems impossible that any Englishman should really advocate the
cause of slavery - Page 390
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I Am No Abolitionist, But To Me It Seems Impossible That Any Englishman Should Really Advocate The Cause Of Slavery Against The Cause Of Free Soil.

There are the slaves, and I know that they cannot be abolished - neither they nor their chains; but, for myself, I will not willingly join my lot with theirs.

I do not wish to have dealings with the African negro, either as a free man or as a slave, if I can avoid them, believing that his employment by me in either capacity would lead to my own degradation.* Such, I think, are the feelings of Englishmen generally on this matter. And if such be the case, will it not be acknowledged that the Northern men have done well to fight for a line which shall add five or six States to that Union which will in truth be a union of free men, rather than to that confederacy which, even if successful, must owe its success to slavery?

* In saying this I fear that I shall be misunderstood, let me use what foot note or other mode of protestation I may to guard myself. In thus speaking of the African negro, I do not venture to despise the work of God's hands. That He has made the negro, for His own good purposes, as He has the Esquimaux, I am aware. And I am aware that it is my duty, as it is the duty of us all, to see that no injury be done to him, and, if possible, to assist him in his condition.

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