Von Raumer has lately read before the “Scientific Union” in Berlin some account of his visit to North America and of Slavery in the United States. He confined himself principally to a statement of arguments by the Anti-Abolitionists for the continuance of slavery in the Southern States, among which he dwelt particularly on the position of the Negro as being in regard to the moral and political Idea of the Free States preferable to that of our laborers and operatives in manufactories. The lecturer seemed not disinclined to coincide with this view, though he spoke with decision only of the difficulties of emancipation so as not to invade the rights of property or place the Negro in a worse position than at present. The lecture was certainly in an anti-abolitionist spirit, so as to cause much distaste to the women present, and to all those who believe no improvement impossible on which the human soul is bent with earnest desire.
New-York Daily Tribune, 29 March 1845, p. 1; reprinted, New-York Weekly Tribune, 5 April 1845, p. 2. Friedrich Ludwig Georg Von Raumer (1781–1873), German historian.