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GOETHE says :
“ Such busy multitudes I fain would see
Stand upon free soil with a people free.”
LUTHER says :
“Unjust violence is, by no means, the ordinance of God, and therefore can bind no one in conscience and right, to obey, whether the command comes from pope, emperor, king or master."
An able German writer of the present day, says, in a recent letter to his friends in this country :
“ Consider that the cause of American liberty is the cause of universal liberty ; its failure, a triumph of despotism everywhere. Remember that while American liberty is the great argument of European Democracy, American slavery is the greater argument of its despotism. Remember that all our actions should be gorerned by the golden rule, whether individual, social, or political ; and no government, and, above all, no republican government, is safe in the hands of men that practically deny that rule. Will you support by your vote a system that recognizes property of man in man? A system which sanctions the sale of the child by its own father, regardless of the purpose of the buyer ? What need is there to present to you the unmitigated wrong of slavery ? It is the shame of our age that argument is needed against slavery.
"Liberty is no exclusive property ; it is the property of mankind of all ages. She is immortal, though crushed, can never die ; though banished, she will return; though fettered, she will get be free."
THE VOICE OF ITALY.
CICERO says :
"By the grand laws of nature, all men are born free, and this law is universally binding upon all men."
Again, he says :-
“Law is not something wrought out by man's ingenuity, nor is it a decree of the people, but it is something eternal, governing the world by the wisdom of its commands and prohibitions."
"Whatever is just is also the true law, nor can this true law be abrogated by any written enactments."
"If there be such a power in the decrees and commands of fools, that the nature of things is changed by their votes, why do they not decree that what is bad and pernicious shall be regarded as good and wholesome, or why, if the law can make wrong right, can it not make bad good ?"
“ Those who have made pernicious and unjust decrees, have. made anything rather than laws."
Again :“ The law of all nations forbids one man to pursue his advantage at the expense of another."
LACTANTIUS says :
“Justice teaches men to know God and to love men, to love and assist one another, being all equally the children of God."
LEO X. says :“Not only does the Christian religion, but nature herself cry out against the state of slavery."
THE VOICE OF GREECE.
SOCRATES says :
“Slavery is a system of outrage and robbery."
ARISTOTLE says :
“It is neither for the good, nor is it just, seeing all men are by nature alike, and equal, that one should be lord and master over others."
POLYBIUS says :
“None but unprincipled and beastly men in society assume the mastery over their fellows, as it is among bulls, bears, and cocks."
PLATO says :
“Slavery is a system of the most complete injustice."
From each of the above, and from other nations, additional testimony is at hand ; but, for reasons already assigned, we forbear to introduce it. Corroborative of the correctness of the position which we have assumed, even Persia has a voice, which may be easily recognized in the tones of her immortal Cyms, who says:
“To fight, in order not to be made a slave, is noble.” Than Great Britain no nation has more heartily or honorably repented of the crime of slavery-no nation, on the perception of its error, has ever acted with more prompt magnanimity to its outraged and unhappy bondsmen. Entered to her credit, many precious jewels of liberty remain in our possession, ready to be delivered when called for ; of their value some idea may be formed, when we state that they are filigreed with such names as Wilberforce, Buxton, Granville, Grattan, Camden, Clarkson, Sharp, Sheridan, Sidney, Martin, and Macaulay.
Virginia, the Carolinas, and other Southern States, which are provided with republican (!) forms of government, and which have abolished freedom, should learn, from the history of the monarchal governments of the Old World, if not from the example of the more liberal and enlightened portions of the New, how to abolish slavery. The lesson is before them in a variety of exceedingly interesting forms, and, sooner or later, they must learn it, either voluntarily or by compulsion. Virginia, in particular, is a spoilt child, having been the pet of the General Government for the last sixty-eight years; and like most other spoilt children, she has become forward, peevish, perverse, sulky and irreverent—not caring to know her duties, and failing to perform even those which she does know. Her superiors perceive that the abolition of slavery would be a blessing to her ; she is, however, either too ignorant to understand the truth, or else, as is the more probable, her false pride and obstinacy restrain her from acknowledging it. What is to be done ? Shall ignorance, or prejudice, or obduracy, or willful meanness, triumph over knowledge, and liberality, and guilelessness, and laudable enterprise ? No, never! Assured that Virginia and all the other slaveholding States are doing wrong every day, it is our duty to make them do right, if we have the power ; and we believe we have the power now resident within their own borders. What are the opinions, generally, of the non-slaveholding whites ? Let thom speak.
TESTIMONY OF THE CHURCHES.
"Run hence, proclaim, cry it about the streets,
Some to the common pulpits, and cry out,
In quest of arguments against slavery, we have peru sed the works of several eminent Christian writers of different denominations, and we now proceed to lay before the reader the result of a portion of our labor. As it is the special object of this chapter to operate on, to correct and cleanse the consciences of slaveholding professors of religion, we shall adduce testimony only from the five churches to which they, in their satanic piety, mostly belong -- the Presbyterian, the Episcopal, the Baptist, the Methodist, and the Roman Catholic—all of which, thank Heaven, are destined, at no distant day, to become thoroughly abolitionized. With few exceptions, all the other Christian sects are, as they should be, avowedly and inflexibly opposed to the inhuman institution of slavery. The Congregational, the Quaker, the Lutheran, the Dutch and German Reformed, the Unitarian, and the Universalist, especially, are all honorable, able, and eloquent defenders