The Liberator
"X. Y. Z."
Boston: 23 February 1855


STONEHAM, Feb. 2, 1855.

  DEAR GARRISON: The following is taken from the Middlesex Journal, a paper edited by the Orthodox ministers of Woburn and neighboring towns. It is said to have been written by an Orthodox minister—the same who thought Wendell Phillips, (if, as a Christian minister, he were only inspired by an 'enthusiastic love for the Bible, the Church and the Sabbath,) would be the most eloquent living preacher—almost equal to Whitefield. Whoever he may be, it does one's heart good to hear an Orthodox minister, settled within ten miles of Boston, thus speak of Nehemiah Adams's 'South Side View of Slavery.'

  Will the Orthodox minister of Stoneham, of Woburn, of Reading, exchange with Dr. Adams? Will the editor of the Middlesex Journal tell us the difference between Rev. Nehemiah Adams, D. D., and the slave-drivers, and slave-traders, and slave-hunters, the Tom Lokers and Legrees of the South? Is not the Reverend advocate of the divinity of slavery lower in his estimate of man, and in the scale of moral rectitude, than they?

X. Y. Z.


  We have just finished reading this book, and cannot find words to express our dislike for its contents. Ashamed are we of the author, and heartily disgusted with this new work of his. We never before found so many things to shock our moral sense, and clash with our ideas of right, in the same compass of reading matter.

  The book is intensely conservative, and its author may now be set down as the leading champion of apologists for slavery at the present day. Yet his writings on this subject will not be likely to produce much of mischief, there being such evident shallowness and superficialness about them. He deals not in the least with foundation principles, but merely skims over the surface of things. We began to mark the objectionable passages till we had reacher nearly a hundred, and ultimately came to the conclusion that the book was nearly all bad, with scarcely a redeeming quality about it. And the most appropriate place we could find for it, after a patient perusal, was in our air-tight stove, (the first book, by the way, that we ever burned up,) and although it is rather expensive fuel, even in these times of high prices, we know of no better use for the edition now out.

  Why, this man, although a D. D., while travelling South, does not seem to look at all to the rightness or wrongness of its peculiar, and to him pleasant institution for enslaving immortal beings; but the very feature feature of slavery the most revolting, viz: that it so degrades as to render one contented in that condition, removed a burden from his mind, and caused him to look with complacency on the vilest system of oppression and injustice the sun ever shone upon.

  Nehemiah Adams desires to check and diminish Northern opposition to slavery, but he shall not succeed. Instead of counteracting the beneficial influence of Mrs. Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, or quelling an agitation so needful till the foul stain is wiped away from the face of our nation, his book, like Fugitive Slave Bill, will only serve to increase the agitation yet more and more. He has done what he could formerly to crush that innocent and much injured man, Rev. Joy H. Fairchild, without being successful; not is he likely to succeed in his present efforts to crush the aspirations of the down-trodden slaves, and the brightening hopes of their numerous and sympathising friends.

  We shall ever think of Dr. Adams among ministers, as we do of Commissioner Loring among judges, and Stephen Arnold Douglas among politicians—a recreant traitor to the principles of liberty. Let no anti-slavery clergyman presume to exchange pulpits with him, any more than they would extend the hand of fellowship to the slave-holder, but let him feel impelled by the force of a public Christian sentiment, to emigrate Southward for an appropriate abode the remainder of his days.