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The slaveholder, certainly, values himself on his loftiness of spirit. I procedure a extra tender topic, and one on which I shall now not amplify. to possess the individuals of others, to carry adult females in slavery, is inevitably deadly to the purity of a humans. That unprotected adult females, stripped by way of their degraded situation of woman’s self-respect, may be used to minister to different passions in males than the affection of achieve, is subsequent to inevitable. hence, in the sort of group the reins are given to younger licentiousness. early life, each the place in perils, is in those conditions steered to vice with a bad energy. And the evil can't cease at adolescence. Early licentiousness is fruitful of crime in mature lifestyles. How some distance the duty to conjugal constancy, the sacredness of family ties, should be respected amidst such conduct, such temptations, such amenities to vice, as are concerned with slavery, wishes no exposition. A slave-country reeks with licentiousness. it really is tainted with a deadlier pestilence than the plague. however the worst isn't instructed. due to legal connexions, many a grasp has young children born into slavery. Our slave-holding brethren, who let us know that the situation of the slave is best than that of the unfastened laborer on the North, speak ignorantly and rashly. they don't, can't recognize, what to us is an issue of day-by-day statement, that from the households of our farmers and mechanics have sprung our so much amazing males, males who've performed so much for technological know-how, arts, letters, faith, and freedom; and that the noblest spirits between us might were misplaced to their state and mankind, had the laboring classification right here been doomed to slavery. it's acknowledged, although, that the slave, if he now not be in comparison to the loose laborer on the North, is in a happier than the Irish peasantry. enable this be granted. permit the protection of the peasant’s family kin, enable his church, and his schoolhouse, and his faint desire of a higher lot cross for not anything. yet nonetheless we're advised the slave is homosexual. he's not as wretched as our theories train. After his toil, he sings, he dances, he offers no symptoms of an exhausted body or gloomy spirit. The slave satisfied! Why, then, contend for Rights? The slave satisfied! Then happiness is to be present in giving up the special attributes of a guy; in darkening mind and moral sense ; in quenching beneficiant sentiments; in servility of spirit; in dwelling lower than a whip; in having neither estate nor rights; in preserving spouse and baby at another’s excitement; in toiling with no desire; in dwelling with no an finish! That there are these one of the unfastened, who're extra wretched than slaves, is unquestionably real; simply as there's incomparably better distress between males than between brutes. The brute by no means knew the anguish of a human spirit torn through regret or wounded in its love. however the slave, we're informed, is taught faith. this can be the main cheering sound which involves us from the land of bondage. we're had a good time to benefit that any element of the slaves are recommended in that fact, which provides inward freedom.