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Text for Page 183 [11-02-1853]

              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               
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