Slave owner defends slavery

Ezra Stiles Ely writes of a slave he owns and who serves him willingly, and then goes on to excoriate abolitionists from the north.  While some southerners show too much patience with abolitionists,  they may be much more easily excused  “than the cold-blooded recklessness of many abolitionists,  who seem willing to deluge our southern country in blood, or dissolve the union on a questionable point of morality, which has not practical bearing on themselves…”  He then goes on to declare himself a friend of colonization, and would like to see every state adopt laws of gradual emancipation,  but concludes that Congress has no right to interfere with any slaveholding State.

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