And then, as if it would not satisfy their hatred to destroy some by hunger, and offer others to the mercy of a plague, they must proceed to involve them also in a needless war of their own making, that no calamity might be wanting to complete the punishment of the citizens for refusing to submit to that of slavery to the rich.
I know of many instances where such persons have been under the necessity of buying or hiring slaves, just to preserve their reputation and keep up appearances; and even among a class of people who profess to be opposed to Slavery, have I known instances of the same kind, and have heard them apologize for their conduct by saying that "when in Rome, we must do as the Romans do."
Lincoln knew the Durleys, and, when visiting Hennepin to speak, solicited their support. They opposed their liberty principles. When Lincoln returned to Springfield he wrote Williamson Durley a letter which has never before been published, and which sets forth with admirable clearness his exact position on the slavery question at that period.
In the midst of the manifold utterances and discussions on the burning question of to-day, the War in South Africa, there is one side of the subject which, it seems to me, has not as yet been considered with the seriousness which it deserves, and that is the question of Slavery, and of the treatment of the native races of South Africa.
His gold-brown hair had been clipped close as a mark of slavery, and there were fetters on his limbs; but chains could not restrain the glance of his proud gray eyes, which flashed defiance with every look. Crossing the city northward, they came where a trading-booth stood on its outskirts an odd looking place of neatly built log walls tented over with gay striped linen.
This resolution was passed with only two dissenting votes. Lincoln's patience, forbearance, conciliation had accomplished this marvel. Very early in the war the question of slavery confronted the generals.
It is a significant fact that the foreign view points to but two blots upon our society, and that foreign detractors harp continually upon these, and these alone, as evidences of the backwardness of our civilization the institution of slavery and the riots which occasionally disgrace our large cities.
Louis XIII, like every weak mind, was wanting in generosity. But the king soon again became dull and indisposed; his brow was not one of those that long remain clear. He felt that in returning to camp he should re-enter slavery; nevertheless, he did return. The cardinal was for him the fascinating serpent, and himself the bird which flies from branch to branch without power to escape.
They held a convention, with the encouragement of President Taylor; framed a Constitution in which slavery was excluded from the future State this by unanimous vote, including the 15 delegates who had come from slave States; and the popular vote ratified the proposed Constitution by 10 to 1. Then they asked for admission to the Union. The Southern faction was wrathful.
It has been said, that the day a man becomes a slave, he loses half his virtue; and if this be true as to personal slavery, judging from the examples before me, I conclude it equally so of political bondage.