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and pointing his finger directly at them said, "There
is the bone of our contention, and I am glad it is
gone, for I knew that slavery and freedom could not
exist together in the United States. I tried to get
the thing committed to arbitration, and the North, as
well as the South, is responsible for its existence, for
it was in the original compact, and both sections
were a party to it." This utterance of the Ex-
Governor of Virginia has always haunted me.
Was the North, as well as the South, responsible
for slavery ?
This question will doubtless be asked by the gen¬
erations that are to follow us, and they, more
removed from the scenes of conflict, will unhesitat¬
ingly give the proper answer. The mills of justice
grind slow, but they grind exceedingly fine.
I am glad to admit, also, that a great change has
come over the whole country since the close of the
war, in regard to the opinions concerning the col¬
ored people. This is seen in the method of travel,
North and South. In some parts of the North the
colored people were denied many of the privileges
that they now enjoy.
I remember on one occasion, I was returning to
Richmond, from Boston, when arriving at New York,
I met the Honorable Frederick Douglass, and we
rode together to Philadelphia, where he was to lec¬
ture. On our arrival at the depot we took a horse-
car for another part of the city. We had boarded
the car, Mr. Douglass had taken a seat inside, and