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ABOLMOMSM UNVEILED. entanglement of public affairs. I had hoped the principle so fairly settled by the Kansas-Nebraska Bill, would not have been disturbed. I could not find any valid objection to allowing the inhabitants of the Territories to decide for themselves, whether they preferred free or slave labor. By this means, the disturbing question of Slavery would be removed forever from the halls of Congress, where its discussion has been productive of such infinite mischief." " The South, uncle, is contented to rest the question where it is now placed; and if the North would yield, the harmony of the Union would be immediately restored." " That I admit, David; but I can see no indications from the North to encourage such a hope. Stronger feelings of hostility to Southern Institutions seem to be growing up in that section." " I must say, uncle, that hostility is most unreasonable and unjust. Why persecute us for an evil-if it must be so considered-which is not of our creation, but the work of our ancestors The great problem left for our solution is, what disposition can we make of the slaves which we find among us t Have we not wisdom enough to adjust this dangerous question-one in which we alone are inter- ested-without interference from the North " " I suppose, David, we have to suffer for the deeds of former generations. The doctors of Divinity assure us that there is such a thing as original sin. Although we were not in existence at the time of the transgression of Eve and Adam, yet, by a mysterious connection, that sin has traveled down through the long line of Adam's pos- terity to this generation, who are none the less guilty than our head and representative." " If that be so, uncle, and I am not going to enter into a controversy on that intricate point, all I can say is, we were not present to prevent it. If suffer for it we must, I will asm to meet it with resignation." " I have one objection to this incurred responsibility, David, and that is, to be disgraced and punished br the sins of old England, the great monopolist, at one time, of the African Slave Trade." " That is, I confess, a peculiar hardship uncle but if it is ordained of fate, it is folly to resist. England 247