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the day. Against this I have nothing to say; it is all well enough for women to give the fictions of slavery ; men should give the facts.
I trust that my friends and fellow-citizens of the South will read this book--nay, proud as any Southerner though I am, I entreat, I beg of them to do so. And as the work, considered with reference to its author's nativity, is a novelty—the South being my birth-place and my home, and my ancestry having resided there for more than a century—so I indulge the hope that its reception by my fellow-Southrons will also be novel; that is to say, that they will receive it, as it is offered, in a reasonable and friendly spirit, and that they will read it and reflect upon it as an honest and faithful endeavor to treat a subject of enormous import, without rancor or prejudice, by one who naturally comes within the pale of their own sympathies.
An irrepressibly active desire to do something to elevate the South to an honorable and powerful position among the enlightened quarters of the globe, has been the great leading principle that has actuated me in the preparation of the present volume; and so well convinced am I that the plan which I have proposed is the only really practical one for achieving the desired end, that I earnestly hope to see it prosecuted with energy and zeal, until the Flag of Freedom shall wave triumphantly alike over the valleys of Virginia and the mounds of Mississippi.
H. R. H. JUNE, 1857.
; men should
le South will
s having resi-
cility of the South-The True Cause and the Remedy-
Value of Lands in the Free and in the Slave States—A few
Plain Words addressed to Slaveholders—The Old Ilome-
TESTIMONY OF THE NATIONS....
The Voice of England--Opinions of Mansfield--Locko-
TESTIMONY OF THE CHURCHES...
Introductory Remarks--Presbyterian Testimony- Albert
Barnes—Thomas Scott-General Assembly in 1818—Sy-
nod of Kentucky-Episcopal Testimony-Bishop Horsley
-Bishop Butler, Bishop Porteus-'John Jay-Anti-
slavery Churchman-Baptist Testimony-Rev. Mr. Bris-
bane, of South Carolina-Francis Wayland--Abraham
Booth-Baptists of Virginia in 1789—Methodist Testi-
mony-John Wesley-Adam Clarke--Extracts from the
Discipline for 1784, '85 and '97—Catholic Testimony-
Pope Gregory XVI-Pope Leo X— The Abbe Raynal-
Opening Remarks-General Statistics of the Free and of
- National Political Power of the two Sections—Popular
Plea for a great Southern Commercial City-Importance of
Cities in General-Letters from the Mayors of sundry
FACTS AND ARGUMENTS BY THE WAYSIDE..
tive Acts Against Slavery - Testimony of a West India
Planter to the Advantages of Free over Slave Labor– The
True Friends of the South-Slavery Thoughtful—Signs of
Contrition-Progress of Freedom in the South-Anti-
slavery Extracts from Southern Journals—A Right Feel-
ing in the Right Quarter-The Illiterate Poor Whites of
Instances of Protracted Literary Labor-Comparative In-
significance of Periodical and General Literature in the
Southern States—The New-York Tribune -Southern Sys-
tem of Publishing--Book-making in America-The Busi-
ness of the Messrs. Iarrer--Southern Journals Struggling
for Existence-Paucity of Southern Authors--Proportion
of White Adults, over Twenty Years of Age, in each State,
who cannot Read and Write, to the Whole White Popu-
lation--Southern Authors Compelled to Seek Northern