The National Era
H. D.
Washington, D.C.: 27 August 1857



MESSRS. EDITORS: It may afford your readers some satisfaction to learn that, in this large slaveholding county, the light of Anti-Slavery truth is extending and diffusing itself, aided by such works as "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and I. De Long's "View of Slavery in Church and State." Here you may find firm and outspoken Republicans, and their numbers have largely increased since the Presidential election; and I can assure you that, on this subject, there has been a mighty revolution in public sentiment.

  If proper means be taken, by the next Presidential election the Republicans may be able to contend successfully with either of the other parties for the victory. There is now more than a majority of the people opposed to the further extension of Slavery into new Territories. I speak from information derived from well-informed residents of the county, and my own observation.

  More light is wanting. Cannot some way be devised to diffuse more Anti-Slavery truths among the people of the border slave States, by means of the press and the right kind of lecturers? Can there be found no laborers to gather in the rich harvest that is already ripe for the sickle? Is there no John G. Fee that is willing to labor in this vineyard of the Lord? If there is, let them come, without fear of molestation, to aid in redeeming this glorious old State form the bitter curse of Slavery. H.D.