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There is one class of men, whom it especially behoves to be tenacious of the right of free discussion. I mean the poor.
The Southern slave would obey God in respect to marriage, and also to the reading and studying of His word. But this, as we have seen, is forbidden him.
The poor North has much to do with slavery. It staggers under its load and smarts under its lash.
The only ground on which a neutral State can claim respect at the hands of belligerents is, that, so far as she is concerned, their rights are protected.
Our political and constitutional rights, so called, are but the natural and inherent rights of man, asserted, carried out, and secured by modes of human contrivance.
Our concern, however, is with slavery as it is, and not with any theory of it.
My rights all spring front an infinitely nobler source - from favor and grace of God.
Let us tell our legislators in advance, that this is a right, restraints on which, we will not, cannot bear; and that every attempt to restrain it is a palpable wrong on God and man.
Let the poor man count as his enemy, and his worst enemy, every invader of the right of free discussion.
It, sometimes, suits the slaveholders to claim, that their slavery is an exclusively State concern; and that the North has, therefore, nothing to do with it.
It is not to be disguised, that a war has broken out between the North and the South. - Political and commercial men are industriously striving to restore peace: but the peace, which they would effect, is superficial, false, and temporary.
It is manifestly vital to the success of the anti-slavery cause, that the authority and influence of proslavery, especially of slaveholding, ministers should be destroyed.
I welcomed the organization of the Anti-slavery Society.
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