SLAVERY is one of the qualities by which vice
has succeeded in injuring all that religion holds
dear. It is an institution that does not regard the
right of any that may, unfortunately, become its
victim. It is the goal of rapacity, the pride of in¬
humanity and the foul usage of barbarous man.
Slavery has deprived man of the blessings intended
for him by Nature. She has made life a burden."
Slavery has taken the place of religion, invoked
the blessings of God on its institution and sung the
paean in honor of His name. It has robbed religion
of her glory, and has polluted the shrine of Christi¬
anity. This world was not made for the abode of
such an execrable creature. But slavery has made
this beautiful kingdom a pandemonium where vile men
lust for dominion, and overturn the grand principles on
which rest the happiness of all mankind.
And now it presents to us a record of shame and
corruption. It has stained the altar of human liberty
with its blood, and filled our world with every species
of wickedness. Its system has called forth the resent¬
ment of high Heaven, and its practice has been de¬
nounced by every lover of mankind.