The National Era
Unsigned Article
Washington, D.C.: 25 November 1852

WHAT SOUTHERN MEN THINK OF THEM.—The Southern Baptist, published at Charleston, South Carolina, expresses the opinion that H. Ward Beecher satisfactorily vindicates himself from the charges of Dr. Parker and the New York Observer. It adds an opinion which may be of interest to certain Northern advocates of slavery, and coincides with that expressed of


similar characters by St. Clare in "Uncle Tom's Cabin." It says:

  "We entertain infinitely more respect for even a conscientious opponent to slavery than for a timid and shuffling advocate; and simply on the ground that the latter inflicts more injury on our cause than the former by any possibility can. The lame apology of the latter seems like a virtual admission that the institution has insuperable evils in it; while the sombre portraiture of the other, exaggerated as the likeness may be, sometimes admonishes us of evils which need to be corrected, and moves us to engage in the work of reformation."

  Lower-law divines and Hunker politicians fail to receive favorable regard both at the North and the South. Candid men, who never apologize for errors which degrade humanity, and utter their sincere convictions, are always respected.