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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 185, November 2, 1853

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Identifier: DX04198954

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 185, November 2, 1853

Description: Gives his thoughts on slavery and its affect on American politics.


a man to begger himself and his family, devoting themselves to first educating, then freeing his negroes. And were it done, the Free States would gain certain indifferent barbers and waiters; and a great proportion of vagabonds. A Niggers idea of Liberty is Not Working; hence his Impracticability. One hope remains, — Liberia. And herein, as is ever the case, out of Evil, Good comes. That vast impenetrable continent, Africa, “dry nurse of Lions,” where the white man cannot live, — must be civilized by the black. And they are now undergoing bitter apprenticeship fitting them for it. Liberia will spread and prosper, and educated African nature have a field to develop itself. / Meantime there are frightful Evils in Slavery, the worse that they are un-touchable. There’s amalgamation, a race ‘twixt white and black, who being slaves must side with the latter, and have the Anglo American intellect to strive, plot and plan, in case of events helping them. And as long as men have lusts and passions these will be begotten. Besides the thraldom to which this question of Slavery has brought American Politics is terrible; — the Monster has got the upper hand of Frankenstein. Talk of disunion — Presidents elected only by their Anti-Abolition sentiments — hates, feuds, — treasons, — it’s a very cauldron of Hell broth, and rendered worse by stirring it up too. / It may be a peaceful solution may lie in the Future, in the Chinese clement, now pouring into California. There’s a bloody civil war in China, more Celestials probably will cross the Pacific, — they are a peaceful, industrious race, and will compete with the African, banding themselves to labour at moderate rates by the year. / One thing is certain, there will be no Abrupt end of Slavery. Wherefore if the matter were discussed as to How, with less rancour, more good intent and good feeling it would be well. But Evil will bring forth Evil, — always in the End however to work out good. I have no doubt this World is better Ruled than you or I could do it, despite the opinion of King Alphonso of Castile; who

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1853-11-02

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Slavery, abolition, and emancipation
African Americans
Politics and government


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