Rev. Dr. Smith, Apostle of Slavery--" Grace Greenwood"--Truth and "the Truth"--Frederick Circuit, Maryland--Home and Garden-- Black Becky--My Sermon on Peace--Samuel Tyler--Mental Sufferings--First Love Clouded--A Sermon at Carlisle--Essays on Jesuitism--" Without the Camp"--My New Creed--In Baltimore with Unitarians and Quakers--Sylvester Judd--Dr. Burnap-- Death of Becky--Leaving Methodism--Partings.
THE Baltimore Conference ( February, 1852) gave me Frederick Circuit, now "Liberty Circuit," in Frederick County, Md. Heavyhearted for the loss of my brother, I started from home, March 26, for my new field.
On the Potomac boat I met Rev. Dr. William Smith ( Methodist), president of Randolph-Macon College, Virginia, distinguished by his propaganda of a new pro-slavery sociology. We had some conversation, and he asked me, "What is the principle of slavery?" I answered, "It has no principle." He said, "The principle of slavery is clearly the submission of one will to another, and government is inconceivable without it.""Then," said I, "government is inconceivably wrong." He said, "You ought to marry Fanny Wright. The best government is where the two elements of slavery and freedom balance. I only wish I had you in my senior class, to which I lecture on this subject every week."
Thus were the winds sown from which whirlwinds were presently reaped!*
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