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sin in the world, to become odious : and public sentiment in this country has the force of law, to correct any evil.
To assist us in these labors of love, Mr. Thompson has been sent among us, by the friends of humanity in England; and a most efficient and powerful co-worker he is, sweeping away the refuges of lies, and carrying his principles as a mighty sweeping torrent, wherever he goes. The advocates of slavery fear and hate him, the humane and philanthropic love him, and all respect and admire his talents, whatever they may pretend.
Mr. Thompson possesses all the requisites of an impressive and powerful orator-a fund of acquired knowledge, a brilliant imagination, natural pathos, a powerful voice, an elegant form, graceful gesticulation, a countenance capable of expressing any passion or emotion, and lastly, the most important of all, a benevolent heart-an expansive soul.
DENIAL OF KAUFMAN'S CHARGE.
Boston, SEPTEMBER 30,
To the Editor of the Daily Atlas :
SIR,-Through the kindness of a friend, I have just received a copy
your paper of this day, in which the following paragraph appears, extracted from the New York Commercial Advertiser.
Mr. Thompson, in conversation with some of the students, repeatedly averred that every slaveholder in the United States, ouGHT TO HAVE HIS THROAT cut, or deserved to have his throat cut; although he afterward publicly denied that he had said so. But the proof is direct and positive. In conversation with some of the theological students, in regard to the moral instruction which ought to be enjoyed by the slaves, he distinctly declared, THAT EVERY SLAVE SHOULD BE TAUGHT TO CUT HIS MASTER'S THROAT. I state the fact-knowing the responsibility I am assuming, and challenge a legal investigation.'
In justice to myself, and the cause in which I am engaged, I feel it my duty, in the most solemn and emphatic manner, to deny the above allegations. They are at total variance with all the sentiments I have ever either publicly or privately expressed. I refer with the utmost confidence, to all who know me, and to the many thousands who have listened to my public addresses, as witnesses to the perfectly pacific character of my views and principles, on the subject of slavery. I hold in utter abhorrence the shedding of blood, and would, if I had the power, inculcate upon the mind of every slave in the world, the apostolical precept,
Resist not evil.' These doctrines I hold in common with the advocates of immediate emancipation universally. Their views, on the subject under discussion, are, I believe, in strict coincidence with the views of the Society of Friends.
I shall endure, without wrath, the epithets, censures, and accusations heaped upon me; nor can I wonder at the treatment I am daily receiving, when I remember that it was said of Him, whose benevolent doctrines I am humbly endeavoring to set forth, ' Behold he hath a devil.'
It may be as well to add, that I heard a rumor of the first charge, when some time ago in Andover, and there most publicly repelled it. The latter charge is entire new. Yours, respectfully,
MR. SUNDERLAND'S STATEMENT.
Boston, Oct. 24, 1835.
WOULD TELL EVERY ONE OF THEM TO
To the Editor of the Liberator:
Sir,- I have just now seen a communication taken from the New York Commercial Advertiser, and signed by A. Kaufinan, Jr., in which the writer refers to a conversation which took place between himself and Mr. George Thompson, during the visit of the latter gentleman to Andover, in July last, and in which Mr. Kaufman says, that Mr. Thompson used the following language, ‘If we preached what we ought, or if we taught the slaves to do what they ought, WE CUT THEIR MASTERS' THROATS.'
I cannot express the astonishment I felt upon reading this statement, as I was present during the interview, when the above language is said to have been used, and I sure that no such language was used by Mr. Thompson. I am confident that I heard every word which passed between Mr. Thompson and Mr. Kaufman, on that occasion, as I felt considerable solicitude in it, from a little knowledge which I had previously had of Mr. Kaufman, occasioned by some statements, which I had heard him make, concerning the church of which I am a member, in the chapel of the Theological Seminary at Andover.
I can easily account for the mistake into which Mr,
Kaufman has fallen, in relation to what Mr. Thompson did say at that time, as he appeared to be somewhat embarrassed, especially when he was requested to mention one place in the Bible, which gave one human being the right to hold another as property. He apologized for not being then prepared to quote a passage from the Bible to this point, and added, that'he could do it at another time.'
Something was then said which led Mr. Thompson to quote Exodus xxi. 16, 'He that stealeth a man and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death;' upon which, Mr. Kaufman immediately asked,
- And would you have the slaves rise and cut their masters' throats?' or words to that effect. Mr. Thompson answered, “NO! But if one could have a right to cut another's throat the slave has a right to cut his master's throat, who holds him in bondage ;' and then added, that no one could have such a right, and that he would not have a drop of the slaveholder's blood spilt, if by this means all the slaves could be set free throughout the world;' and language to this effect he repeated to Mr. K. frequently.
It was repeated, because Mr. K. said to Mr. T. a number of times. You would have the slaves cut their masters' throats, would
you ?' and once Mr. Thompson answered in reply, that the slaves had as much right and as much provocation to do this, as some of our fathers had to put ihe British to death, when they felt that they were oppressed by them ; but he did not believe it right to shed blood in any case.'
During the conversation, Mr. Kaufman appeared excited, and manifested, as I thought at the time, rather an unpleasant, if not a captious spirit. Mr. Thompson manifested nothing that had the least appearance of anger; his manners were agreeable and christian-like, as usual.
The conversation took place at the house of the Rev. S. W. Wilson, who himself was present, together with the Rev. Mr. Downing, Prof. Gregg, and some others, who will, I doubt not, confirm the statement I have made above. In the mean time, the public may rest assured, that the writer above named, labors under a misapprehension, and that George Thompson did not, at the time referred to use the offensive language which has been attributed to him.
LA ROY SUNDERLAND.
MR. GREGG'S STATEMENT.
HUDSON, (Ohio,) Oct. 27, 1835.
Mr. Thompson :
Dear Sir,-I have not seen the statement of Mr. Kaufman to which you allude, and am not, therefore, able to say
whether it corresponds in matter and form, with my own impressions of the conversation to which it refers.
At your request, however, I am ready to state what were my own impressions at the time, as I expressed them to Mr. Kaufman, both orally and in writing, on the day subsequent to the conversation.
I understood you to make use of the expression, Slaveholders deserve to have their throats cut,' in reference to what you supposed to be their desert, and not the duty of their slaves. When Mr. K. repeated the phrase, and asked whether you meant to say so, you replied, “ Yes, and reiterated the remark, quoting, in confirmation of it, the text, Whosoever stealeth a man and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.' I also understood you to say, in the same connection, 'I would teach slaves the doctrine of Paul" Servants be obedient to your masters," ' &c., the duty of passive submisson to wrong, or words to the same purport.
You are at liberty to make any use of this communication which the interest of truth may require. As Mr. Kaufinan has stated to the public his impressions of the conversation, I dèem it but an act of simple justice to yourself to state mine.
Mr. T.-Dear Sir, I have given you what I believe to be a true version of the said conversation, and thrown it into the form of a letter to yourself, as the most convenient. Mr. Kaufman has now in his possession my statement in relation to it, given to him on the day subsequent to the conversation, which is in substance the same as I have communicated to you; and I think it a little strange