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it s curious to peep into, and notice the feathery flakes; thence to be
packed and pressed below.     Hence the bales are taken to the landing
by the river side, to be transported to New Orleans.)       And now about this
 Institution  of Slavery.    That it is a Wrong and an Evil is true.   That it
gives Irresponsible Authority, which I think unfit to be placed in the hands
of any fallible creature, over the Slave, is True.   That every incident in
Mrs Stowe s book might, probably has occurred, is True.    And that, look-
ing at it as a simple question of Right or Wrong, it presents but a revolting
aspect is true.      Yet with all this granted, it is sober truth that in so
far as All Evil is in some sort necessary, this one of Slavery is a Necessary
Evil.   You can not abolish it, lest infinitely worse Evils rush in.  Unless
indeed, the entire population south of Mason and Dixon s line were to
become Stewards by unheard of miracle, devoting their whole lives to fitting
the Slave for liberty, developing the intellectual and moral, (rather I might
say producing it;) then giving him freedom, and themselves becoming beggary
by doing so.      And even this Miraculous Philanthropy could not avail
till a second Generation.   But this no one has a right to expect, and
the World is not ruled after such fashion.     Sudden Abolition is the idea
of a lunatic, amiable insanity it may be, but still insanity.   It would
turn all the South into a Wilderness, and the Negroes into their native
Savage African life again, or worse.         Honest English philanthropy freed
the West Indies,   John Bull looked at the question in a simple wrong
or right way, felt remorse at having committed Slavery, enfranchised
the Negroes and   ruined the Islands.     And with this example before
his eyes, keen dollar loving Jonathan knows Abolition won t do.    In
the mean time, as is the nature of Evil, it cuts every way.   Slavery is the
most Impractible thing to deal with.   You can t legislate for it.  You can t
venture to educate the Slave, or he ll be one no longer.   All you can do is
to treat him like a child, or give him all physical comforts, and   whip
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and eighty-three
Description:Gives his thoughts on slavery and abolition.
Date:1853-11-02
Subject:Abolition; African Americans; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Slaveholders; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Transylvania, Louisiana]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.