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BIBLE TESTIMONY. ...........



The Bible an Anti-Slavery Text-book--Selected Precepts

and Sayings of the Old Testament--Selected Precepts and
Sayings of the New Testament-Irrefragability of the Ar-
guments here and elsewhere introduced against Slavery.



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Opening Remarks-General Statistics of the Free and of

the Slave States-Tonnage, Exports, and Imports-Pro-
ducts of Manufactures-Miles of Canals and Railroads in
Operation-Public Schools-Libraries other than Private
-Newspapers and Periodicals--Illiterate White Adults-
-National Political Power of the two Sections--Popular

Vote for President in 1856–Patents Issued on New In-

ventions-Value of Church Property--Acts of Benevo-

lence-Contributions for the Bible Cause, Tract Cause,

Missionary Cause, and Colonization Cause--Table of

deaths in the several States in 1850- Number of Free

White Male Persons over fifteen years of age engaged in

Agriculture or other out-door Labor in the Slave States-

Falsity of the Assertion that White Men cannot cultivate

Southern Soil-White Female Agriculturists in North

Carolina-Number of Natives of the Slave States in the

Free States, and of Natives of the Free States in the Slave

States--Value of the Slaves at $100 per head--List of

Presidents of the United States--Judges of the Supreme

Court-Secretaries of State--Presidents of the Senate-

Speakers of the House-Postmasters General-Secretaries

of the Interior-Secretaries of the Treasury--Secretaries

of War-Secretarica of the Navy-Result of the Presiden-

tial Elections in the United States from 1796 to 1856-Aid

for Kansas --Contributions for the Sufferers in Ports-

mouth, Va., during the Prevalence of the Yellow Fever in

the Summer of 1855-Congressional Representation--Cus-

tom House Receipts-When the Old States were Settled and

the New Admitted into the Union-First European Set-

tlements in America--Freedom and Slavery at the Fair

- What Freedom Did-- What Slavery Did- Average Value

per Acre of Lands in the States of New York and North



Plea for a great Southern Commercial City-Importance of

Cities in General-Letters from the Mayors of sundry
American Cities, North and South-Wealth and Popula-
tion of New-York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New-Orleans,
Boston, St. Louis, Brooklyn, Charleston, Cincinnati, Louis-
ville, Chicago, Richmond, Providence, Norfolk, Buffalo,
Savannah, New-Bedford, Wilmington-Wealth Concen-
trated at Commercial Points-Boston and its Business-
Progressive Growth of Cities-A Fleet of Merchantmen-
Commerce of Norfolk--Baltimore, Past, Present, and Fu-
ture-Insignificance of Southern Commerce-Enslavement
of Slaveholders to the Products of Northern Industry--
Almost Utter Lack of Patrioitsm in Southern Merchants
and Slaveholders.




Instances of Protracted Literary Labor-Comparative In-

significance of Periodical and General Literature in the
Southern States - The New York Tribune.-Southern Sys-
tem of Publishing-Book-making in America--The Busi-
ness of the Messrs. Harrer-Southern Journals Struggling
for Existence-Paucity of Southern Authors-Proportion
of White Adults, over Twenty Years of Age, in each State,

who cannot Read and Write, to the Whole White Popu-

lation-Southern Authors Compelled to Seck Northern




It is not our intention in this chapter to enter into an elaborate ethnographical essay, to establish peculiarities of difference, mental, moral, and physical, in the great family of man. Neither is it our design to launch into a

philosophical disquisition on the laws and principles of · light and darkness, with a view of educing any additional evidence of the fact, that as a general rule, the rays of the sun are more fructifying and congenial than the shades of night. Nor yet is it our purpose, by writing a formal treatise on ethics, to draw a broad line of distinction between right and wrong, to point out the propriety of morality and its advantages over immorality, nor to waste time in pressing a universally admitted truism—that virtue is preferable to vice. Self-evident truths require no argumentative demonstration.

What we mean to do is simply this : to take a survey of the relative position and importance of the several states of this confederacy, from the adoption of the national compact; and when, of two sections of the country starting under the same auspices, and with equal natural advantages, we find the one rising to a degree of almost unexampled power and eminence, and the other sinking

into a state of comparative imbecility and obscurity, it is our determination to trace out the causes which have led to the elevation of the former, and the depression of the latter, and to use our most earnest and honest endeavors to utterly extirpate whatever opposes the progress and prosperity of any portion of the union.

This survey we have already made ; we have also instituted an impartial comparison between the cardinal sections of the country, north, south, east, and west ; and as a true hearted southerner, whose ancestors have resided in North Carolina between one and two hundred years, and as one who would rather have his native clime excel than be excelled, we feel constrained to confess that we are deeply abashed and chagrined at the disclosures of the comparison thus instituted. At the time of the adoption of the Constitution, in 1789, we commenced an even race with the North. All things considered, if either the North or the South had the advantage, it was the latter. In proof of this, let us introduce a few statistics, begin. ning with the states of


In 1790, when the first census was taken, New York contained 340,120 inhabitants ; at the same time the population of Virginia was 748,308, being more than twice the number of New York. Just sixty years afterward, as we learn from the census of 1850, New York had a population of 3,097,394 ; while that of Virginia was only 1,421,661, being less than half the number of New York ! In 1791, the exports of New York amounted to $2,505,465; the exports of Virginia amounted to $3,130,865. In 1852, the exports of New York amounted to $87,484,456 ; the exports of Virginia, during the same year, amounted to only $2,724,657. In 1790, the imports of New York and Virginia were about equal ; in 1853, the imports of New York amounted to the enormous sum of $178,270,999; while those of Virginia, for the same period, amounted to the pitiful sum of only $399,004. In 1850, the products of manufactures, mining and the mechanic arts in New York amounted to $237,597,249 ; those of Virginia amounted to only $29,705,387. At the taking of the last census, the value of real and personal property in Virginia, including negroes, was $391,646,438 ; that of New York, exclusive of any monetary valuation of human beings, was $1,080,309,216.

In August, 1856, the real and personal estate assessed in the City of New-York amounted in valuation to $511,740,491, showing that New-York City alone is worth far more than the whole State of Virginia.

What says one of Virginia's own sons? He still lives; hear him speak. Says Gov. Wise :

" It may be painful, but nevertheless, profitable, to recur occasionally to the history of the past ; to listen to the admonitions of experience, and learn lessons of wisdom from the efforts and actions of those who have preceded us in the drama of human life. The records of former days show that at a period not very remote, Virginia stood preeminently the first commercial State in the Union ; when her commerce exceeded in amount that of all the New

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