LETTER FROM SI. LAFAYETTE.
Abolition of Negro Slavery, which has my entire sympathy,
appears to me to have established its importance throughout
the world. At the present time, the States of the Peninsula,
if I do not deceive myself, are the only European powers who
still continue to possess Slaves; and America, Avhile continu¬
ing to uphold Slavery, feels daily more and more how heavily
this plague Aveighs upon her destinies.
In expressing to you, my dear Colleague, how much I re¬
joice in these results, I do not gratify my personal feelings
alone. I obey also my family traditions.
You knoAV the interest Avhich my grandfather, General
LaFayette, took in the emancipation of the negroes. You
knoAV what he had begun to do at the Habitation de la Ga-
brielle, and Avhat he intended to do there. It was not among
the least regrets of his life, that he was stopped in that enter¬
Pardon, my dear Colleague, the details into which I have
been led. I know Avell that I can hardly be indiscreet in
speaking on this subject to you. I rely upon those sentiments
of friendship which you have always testified for me, and
which differences of opinion respecting other political ques¬
tions cannot Aveaken.
With fresh assurances of my friendship and consideration,
Your obedient servant and deA-oted Colleague,
Representative of the People, (Seine et Maine.)
Testimony of Gen. LaFayette. ' When I am indulging
in my views of American liberty, it is mortifying to be re¬
minded that a large portion of the people in that ATery coun¬
try are slaves. It is a dark spot on the face of the nation.'
' I never Avould have drawn my sword in the cause of Amer¬
ica, if I could haATe conceived that thereby I was helping to
found a nation of slaves.'