History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​September 8​> putting at defiance the constitution of this , our Chartered rights, and the constitution of the : For not as yet have they done one thing in accordance to them.
While all the Citizens of this en masse have petitioned the with remonstrances and overtures, that would have melted the heart of an adamantine to no effect. And at the same time if any of us open our mouths, to plead our own cause; in the defiance of law and justice, we are instantly threatened with Militia and extermination. Great God! when shall the oppressor cease to prey and glut itself upon innocent blood? Where is Patriotism? Where is Liberty? Where is the boast of this proud and haughty nation? O humanity! where hast thou fled? Hast thou fled for ever? I now appeal to you Sir, inasmuch as you have subscribed yourself our friend; will you lift your voice and your arm, with indignation, against such unhallowed oppression? I must say, Sir, that my bosom swells with unutterable anguish, when I contemplate the scenes of horror that we have passed through in the State of ; and then look, and behold and see the storm and cloud gathering ten times blacker; ready to burst upon <​the heads of​> this innocent people Would to God that I were able to throw off the yoke. Shall we bow down and be slaves? Are there no friends of humanity, in a nation that boasts itself so much? will not the nation rise up and defend us, <​if they will not defend us,​> will they not grant to lend a voice of indignation, against such unhallowed oppression? Must the tens of thousands bow down to slavery and degradation? Let the pride of the nation arise and wrench these shackles from the feet of their fellow Citizens, and their quiet and peaceable, and innocent and loyal, subjects. But I must forbear for I cannot express my feelings. The Legion would all willingly die in the defence of their rights; but what would this accomplish? I have kept down their indignation and kept a quiet submission on all hands; and am determined to do so at all hazards. Our enemies shall not have it to say, that we rebel against government or commit treason; however much they may lift their hands in oppression and tyranny, when it comes in the form of government— we tamely submit, although it lead us to the slaughter, and to beggary; but our blood be upon their garments: And those who look tamely on and boast of Patriotism shall not be without their condemnation. And if men are such fools, as to let once the Precedent be established, and through their prejudices, give assent to such—— abominations; then let the oppressor’s hand lay heavily throughout the world, until all flesh shall feel it together; and until they may know that the Almighty takes cognizance of such things. And then shall Church rise up against Church; and party against party; mob against mob; oppressor against oppressor; army against army; and kingdom against kingdom; and people against people; and kindred against kindred. And where, Sir, will be your safety, or the safety of your children; if my children can be led to the slaughter with impunity by the hands of murderous rebels? Will they not lead yours to the slaughter with the same impunity? Ought not then, this oppression Sir, to be check’d in the bud; and to be looked down with just—— indignation by an enlightened world, before the flame become unextinguishable, and the fire devour the stubble? But again I say I must forbear, and leave this painful subject, I wish you would write to me in answer to this, and let me know your views. [HC 5:158] On my part, I am ready to be offered up a sacrifice, in that way that can bring to pass the greatest benefit and good, to those who must necessarily be interested in this important matter. I would to God that you could know all my feelings [p. 1400]
September 8 putting at defiance the constitution of this , our Chartered rights, and the constitution of the : For not as yet have they done one thing in accordance to them.
While all the Citizens of this en masse have petitioned the with remonstrances and overtures, that would have melted the heart of an adamantine to no effect. And at the same time if any of us open our mouths, to plead our own cause; in the defiance of law and justice, we are instantly threatened with Militia and extermination. Great God! when shall the oppressor cease to prey and glut itself upon innocent blood? Where is Patriotism? Where is Liberty? Where is the boast of this proud and haughty nation? O humanity! where hast thou fled? Hast thou fled for ever? I now appeal to you Sir, inasmuch as you have subscribed yourself our friend; will you lift your voice and your arm, with indignation, against such unhallowed oppression? I must say, Sir, that my bosom swells with unutterable anguish, when I contemplate the scenes of horror that we have passed through in the State of ; and then look, and behold and see the storm and cloud gathering ten times blacker; ready to burst upon the heads of this innocent people Would to God that I were able to throw off the yoke. Shall we bow down and be slaves? Are there no friends of humanity, in a nation that boasts itself so much? will not the nation rise up and defend us, if they will not defend us, will they not grant to lend a voice of indignation, against such unhallowed oppression? Must the tens of thousands bow down to slavery and degradation? Let the pride of the nation arise and wrench these shackles from the feet of their fellow Citizens, and their quiet and peaceable, and innocent and loyal, subjects. But I must forbear for I cannot express my feelings. The Legion would all willingly die in the defence of their rights; but what would this accomplish? I have kept down their indignation and kept a quiet submission on all hands; and am determined to do so at all hazards. Our enemies shall not have it to say, that we rebel against government or commit treason; however much they may lift their hands in oppression and tyranny, when it comes in the form of government— we tamely submit, although it lead us to the slaughter, and to beggary; but our blood be upon their garments: And those who look tamely on and boast of Patriotism shall not be without their condemnation. And if men are such fools, as to let once the Precedent be established, and through their prejudices, give assent to such—— abominations; then let the oppressor’s hand lay heavily throughout the world, until all flesh shall feel it together; and until they may know that the Almighty takes cognizance of such things. And then shall Church rise up against Church; and party against party; mob against mob; oppressor against oppressor; army against army; and kingdom against kingdom; and people against people; and kindred against kindred. And where, Sir, will be your safety, or the safety of your children; if my children can be led to the slaughter with impunity by the hands of murderous rebels? Will they not lead yours to the slaughter with the same impunity? Ought not then, this oppression Sir, to be check’d in the bud; and to be looked down with just—— indignation by an enlightened world, before the flame become unextinguishable, and the fire devour the stubble? But again I say I must forbear, and leave this painful subject, I wish you would write to me in answer to this, and let me know your views. [HC 5:158] On my part, I am ready to be offered up a sacrifice, in that way that can bring to pass the greatest benefit and good, to those who must necessarily be interested in this important matter. I would to God that you could know all my feelings [p. 1400]
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