Attitude of the Chuch toward the slave

February 24, 1860

In a long article, there is this item, giving substance to Garrison’s long debate with the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.  “Then again, the Congregationalist of Boston, and the ‘Dutch (not much) Reformed’  Christian Intelligencer of New York, agree in approval of these four ideas, which they find (in substance) in Henry Ward Beecher’s late defence of the American Board at Brooklyn:–
1. That a man might hold a slave, and not do wrong.
2. That immediate emancipation is impossible.
3. That a slaveholder may be a good Christian.
4. That the influence of slavery is not always evil.”