Gerrit Smith on abolitionists and voting

In a long letter to Channing, here Smith says, “…. there are but two courses for abolitionists in the matter of voting.  One of these is to refrain from the polls, where conscience requires it; and the other is, to nominate their own candidates….. Those who take the former course, will happily be clear of the snares and perils of politics:  — whilst they who prefer the latter, and go into the arena of political strife, will, I admit, stand in especial need of the admonitions and prayers of their brethren…..”