Canada and the United States: An Address on the American Conflict, Delivered at Montreal on Thursday Evening, December 22, 1864

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Страница 14 - The prevailing ideas entertained by him and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old Constitution were, that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature ; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally, and politically.
Страница 14 - Constitution were, that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature ; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally, and politically. It was an evil they knew not well how to deal with ; but the general opinion of the men of that day was, that, somehow or other, in the order of Providence, the institution would be evanescent and ря*з away.
Страница 15 - Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner-stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery — subordination to the superior race — is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first in the history of the world based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.
Страница 17 - And if we reckon from the end of the fourteenth century to the end of the eighteenth, we shall find each century showing an average of seven.
Страница 14 - ... of the men of that day was, that, somehow or other in the order of Providence, the institution would be evanescent, and pass away. This idea, though not incorporated in the Constitution, was the prevailing idea at the time.
Страница 13 - We eat together, trade together, and practise, yet, in intercourse, with great respect, the courtesies of common life. But the real contest is between the two forms of society which have become established, the one at the North and the other at the South.
Страница 9 - The whole South is in a state of revolution, into which Virginia, after a long struggle, has been drawn, and, though I recognise no necessity for this state of things., and would have forborne and pleaded to the end for redress of grievances, real or supposed, yet in my own person I had to meet the question, whether I should take part against my native State.
Страница 14 - ... the world has ever seen ; they would crush India and Algeria to make an equal supply of cotton with the North ; and, failing in this, they would crush slavery to bring the North to a footing with them, but to slavery without the North they have no repugnance; on the contrary, if it were to stand out for itself, free from the control of any other Power, and were to offer to European States, upon fair terms, a full supply of its commodities, it would not only not...
Страница 29 - ... and few men within it ; and there came a great King against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it : " Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city ; yet no man remembered that same poor man. " Then, said I, wisdom is better than strength ; wisdom is better than weapons of war ; nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.
Страница 13 - The South is now in the formation of a slave republic. This, perhaps, is not admitted generally. There are many contented to believe that the South, as a geographical section, is in mere assertion of its independence ; that it is instinct with no especial truth, pregnant of no distinct social nature; that for some unaccountable reason the two sections have become opposed to each other; that for reasons equally insufficient there is disagreement between...

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