LETTER FROM M. LAFAYKTTH.
ought to have stood against it, as you say, he moved with it.
You came from New England, where there is so much anti-
slavery feeling, and where you have learned to think slavery
is bad. \\ hile you are here in Europe, you may see things
which you think bad; but I know Europe, and I tell you that
you Avill find nothing here that is one half so bad as your
These were the opinions of Baron Humboldt, a Christian
philosopher of world-wide renown, AA-hose views of men and of
nations went further to establish their character, than any
man now living. As Humboldt thought, the Christian world
would think. Mr. Webster, as one of Fillmore's Cabinet,
approved the Fugitive Act, and lent his personal and official
influence to sustain it. By doing that, he let down his own
moral nature. He not only disgraced himself, but the nation
who placed him in that conspicuous position. We would not
speak unkindly of any man; but Avho that reads and reflects
can be ignorant of the fact, that all who sustain or sanction
that infamous enactment must tarnish their OAvn characters,
and degrade themselves in their own opinion, and in the
opinion of all good men ?
LETTER FROM O. LaFAYETTE.
Paris, April 26, 1851.
To M. Victor Schalcher, Representative of the People.
My Dear Colleague, — You have been so obliging as to
ask for my views and impressions respecting one of the most
important events of our epoch, — the Abolition of Slavery in
the French Colonies. I know well that you have an almost
paternal interest in this question. You haA7e contributed
more than any one to the emancipation of the blacks, in our
possessions beyond the seas, and you have enjoyed the double
pleasure of seeing the problem completely resolved, and re¬
solved by the Government of the Republic. At the present
time, wearied by controversy, the mind loves to repose upon