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Ir T.T P A morning contemporary, in discussing the present aspects of the slave question, gives the following extracts from recent Southern publications and authorities:— The Southern Literary Messenger, published at Rich- mond, in discussing the question, What is an Aboli- tionist?" says: "An abolitionist is any man who does not love slavery for its own sake, as a divine institution; who does not worship it as a corner-stone of civil liberty; who does not adore it as the only possible social condition on which a permanent republican government can be created; and who does not in his inmost soul desire to see it extended and perpetuated over the whole earth, as a means of human reformation second in dignity, importance, and sacredness to the Christian religion!. He who does not love African slavery with this love is an abolitionist." That great authority, De Bow's Review, asserts the Southern privilege and dignity in this way I I The real civilisation of a country is in its aristocracy. The masses are moulded into soldiers and artisans by intellect just as matter and the elements of nature are made into telegraphs and steam-engines. The poor, who labour all day, are too tired at night to study books. If you make them learned, they soon forget all that is necessary in the common transactions of life. To make an aristocrat in the future we must sacrifice a thousand paupers. Yet we would by all means make them—make them pro- minent, too, by laws of entail and primogeniture. The right to govern resides in a very small minority; the duty to obey is inherent in the great mass of mankind. There is nothing to which the South entertains so great a dislike as universal suffrage. Wherever foreigners settle together in large numbers there universal suffrage will exist. AB aristocracy is patriarchal, parental, and re- presentative. The feudal barons of England were next to the fathers the most perfect representative govern- ment. The kings and barons represented everybody because everybody belonged to them. The real contest of to-day is not simply between the North and South, but to determine whether, for ages to come, our government will partake more of the form of monarchies or of more liberal governments. All government begins with usur- pation and is continued by force." The Vice-President of the Confederacy, in a recent manifesto, makes the following declaration:—" The new Constitution has put at rest for ever all agitating ques- tions relating to our peculiar institution — African slavery as it exists among us, the proper status of the negro in our form of civilisation. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture, and of the present revolution. The foundations of our new government are laid, its cor- ner-stone rests on the great truth, that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first in the history of the world based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth. This stone, which was rejected by the builders, is become the chief stone of the corner of our new edifice." So much for the political aspect of the institution; as for the social, we may learn it from the Richmond Examiner, which speaks for the intellect and taste of Southern society:—" We have got to hating everything with the prefix free;' from free negroes down and up through the whole catalogue. Free farms, free labour, free society, free will, free thinking, free children, and free schools, all belong to the same brood of damnable isms. But the worst of all these abominations is the modern system of free schools. The New England system of free schools has been the cause and prolific source of the infidelities and treasons that have turned her schools into Sodoms and Gomorrahs, and her land into the common nestling-places of howling bed- lamites. We abominate the system, because the schools are free."

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