Response to Mrs. Child’s Appeal


An abolitionist sent Mrs. Child’s ‘Appeal’  to a colonizationist family of this city for their perusal. A few days after, the head of that family (a leading manager of the American Bible Society), on meeting the person who sent the interesting volume, exclaimed—You do not know how much mischief you have done, by sending that book on slavery, for my wife and daughters to read.  Why they are all converted over to be abolitionists.’  “Ay”. Said the other.  I am glad of it and the father too will become an abolitionist, if he will only read that book candidly and prayerfully.’  ‘What!, said man, ‘me?’ —-I do not mean to be an abolitionist; I will not read the book.’

Remark:  An impenitent sinner once said ‘ I am afraid to repent; because if I become a Christian , I shall have to give away a good deal of money.’

The head of another family, who is an officer in a Missionary Society, to whom the ‘Appeal’ was sent for a similar purpose, after the lapse of a week or two, returned the book.  ‘What do your ladies think of it?’, asked the lender  ‘Why’ said the other,  ‘ it relates such shocking things, that they do not like to read it; they do not wish to have anything to do with such a book.’

Remark:  This is like a surgeon refusing to amputate a limb, because it was so shockingly lacerated.  ‘Oh sensibility  — oh, la!’

A slaveholder returned a pamphlet that was sent to him, in which the sin and impolicy of slavery was set forth in a calm and argumentative manner,  with the following words upon the envelope:  ‘ Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife,  nor his man-servant, not his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is his.’

Remark: ‘Out of thy own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant.’

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