" What a horrible affair, uncle; ought not Abolition-
ism to be the more detested, for placing those poor, un-
suspecting creatures in so dangerous a position Had
they let them alone, this would not have happened.'"
" If our Slaves, David, were voluntarily to elope, with-
out any ' outside interference,' and then commit such tra-
gedies, we would have no right to censure others for it.
But it seems to me, where great persuasion is used to in-
duce slaves to abscond, under the assurance of a perfect
immunity from apprehension, the party bringing about
this change, in all Justice, ought to be answerable for the
consequences that ensue."
" I do suppose, uncle, if Sam, Peggy, and children,
had remained contentedly at home, this tragedy would
not have happened. Upon whose hands shall the blood
be fastened -that is the grand inquiry."
" To decide that question fairly, David, let us consider
the respective parties engaged: First, the owner. What
did he do to bring about this fearful result Did he, in
any particular, transcend the law, either of his State, or
the Union It is not pretended he did. He pursued his
absconding slaves, as he had a legal right to do, into the
State of Ohio. There, out of a pure reverence for the
law, he adopts legal steps for the recovery of his slaves.
They go to arrest them by the highest and most sacred
legal authority, bringing to their aid sufficient force to
accomplish the object, and no more. If the mother, under
those circumstances, thought proper to commit the un-
natural deed of sacrificing the life of her child, surely he
stands guiltless of the deed. It was not his will or
" That, uncle, is evidently a legitimate conclusion. To
arraign the owner for what may happen, is equivalent to
cutting off his claim altogether. If the Slaves escape,
he is legally empowered to pursue and recapture."
" That is true enough, David, but let us see how the
account in the next place, stands with Abolitionism. If
I might personify her, I would say, stand up thou at the
bar of public opinion, and let us see if thy garments are
pure and unspotted ! As the serpent crept into the gar-
den of Eden, and by his subtlety tempted Adam and Eve