it does not strive to palliate or conceal any of the dark things, it fairly displays those flashes of sunbeam, which are sometimes called the bright side of slavery, but which are in reality only the kindly workings of human nature, bursting out in spite of slavery. We rejoice in the book the more, because it is not a partizan work. An abolitionist, if he were to be sent through the southern states, with safe conduct, and full of power to investigate, would, of course, be so much alive to the bitter evils of slavery, that he would be apt to search them out and note them down, to the exclusion of those alleviating ingredients, with which God's blessed constitution of things always strives to sweeten the cup of human woe.On the other hand, an anti-abolitionist, whose theory binds him to set down to the credit of slavery every particle of happiness, or even common comfort, of which he may find the slave possessed, would be filled so full with the discovery of good fruit, that he would find no time or disposition to look beneath the surface, into the working of the iron machinery of motive, which, for the most part, animates the system of southern labor. Our narrator has much better satisfied the demands of truth, by exhibiting both the inside and the out,—by showing the worm at the root of the tree, and the consequently diseased and rotting condition of the trunk, and the green leaves which nevertheless continue to adorn and comfort its branches. There is a common sense consistency in his whole picture, which shows us a giant sin battling against the impregnable bulwarks of God's pain; it is not the creation of an over-enthusiastic brain, in which we see God dishonored by the complete triumph of that sin....
Believing, as we have privately good reason to do, that this book contains, in the language of a faithful interpreter, a true narrative which has fallen from the lips of a veritable fugitive, we have only to regret that there is not an appendix of some sort, containing some documentary evidence to that effect.
Quarterly Anti-Slavery Magazine Vol. I, No. IV ( 1836), 375-393.
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