Speech on the Slavery Resolutions

Speech on the Slavery Resolutions
Speech on the Slavery Resolutions
Excerpt from Speech on the Slavery Resolutions: Delivered in the General Assembly Which Met in Detroit in May LastMr. Moderator: - On this long-vexed question, at this very moment menacing more than ever the rupture of Church and State, permit me to express my strong conviction that he argues most cogently who argues most kindly. May I be assisted to remember this. I shall express myself with the earnestness of fresh investigation, but I beseech my brethren to interpret all my language as uttered under the conviction of ultimate fallibility, whatever may be the seeming confidence of the moment. Especially does it become me to cherish this remembrance when I call to mind that the South is the land of my birth, and the home of my kindred, and may well therefore be exerting a present influence over my judgment of which I am altogether unconscious.The Memorialists complain of the Southern Church, and charge her, not so much with slave-making, nor with slave-trading, as with slave-holding. They direct the attention of the Assembly to the character of this institution, and inquire concerning the method of its expulsion from the Presbyterian Body.Two solemn questions demand our investigation:What is the moral character of slaveholding?What the duties of the parties concerned?First. - The Moral Character of Slaveholding?It need hardly be stated that he who exerts a compulsory authority over a human being as a master, who holds a fellow-man in the relation of involuntary servitude, is the party implicated in the charge.Let it be premised that in this investigation we are bound to regard slaveholding in its most favorable aspect. Who are before us? The Southern Public at large? No, sir! We have nothing to do with it. It is the membership and the ministry of the Presbyterian Church who stand accused. They are our brethren and uncondemned. We are bound therefore in Christian justice to consider them as carrying out this relation with all the good feeling and principle of which its nature will admit.The Memorialists affirm that slaveholding is sin.If it is simply intended that slaveholding, in the language of the Majority Report, "leads to sin," I am prepared to yield my hearty assent. In the master, slaveholding insensibly tends to breed indolence, pride, impatience, irritability, hard-heartedness, and arbitrary temper.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.Эта книга будет изготовлена в соответствии с Вашим заказом по технологии Print-on-Demand компанией ООО «Книга по Требованию». Print-on-Demand - это технология печати книг по Вашему заказу на цифровом типографском оборудовании. Книга, произведенная по технологии Print-on-Demand (POD) представляет собой классическую печатную книгу с соблюдением всех стандартов качества, от офсетной бумаги и плотного картона до качественного клея, используемого при изготовлении. Черно-белая текстовая или полноцветная иллюстрированная книга (в зависимости от исходного файла, подготовленного к печати) может быть изготовлена в разных вариантах: - в мягкой обложке (Клеевое Бесшвейное Скрепление); - скрепление скобой (для книг с небольшим количеством страниц); - в твердом переплете с клееным текстовым блоком; Материалы, используемые при производстве книги: - бумага текстового блока - офсетная (белая или кремовая) 80 г/м2 - мягкая обложка - бумага мелованная 250 г/м2; - ламинация обложки - матовая или глянцевая; - твердый переплет - картон 2 мм, каптал, белые форзацы, прямой корешок - сверхпрочный полимерный клей; - каждая книга упакована в термопленку. Каждый заказ обрабатывается в индивидуальном порядке: каждой книге, напечатанной по технологии Print-on-Demand, присваивается уникальный номер.