Speech of Gerrit Smith

January 6, 1854

Smith’s speech in the House, December 20, 1853, is included in this edition. There is also a column of comment by the editor.  “It is greatly to his credit that, instead of keep dumb, (as did Mr. Sumner), for the space of nine months, on the subject of slavery, he seized the very earliest opportunity to open the discussion…..finding fault with some portions of his speech, we honor Mr. Smith for having thus early in the session ‘put the ball in motion'”……when expatiating on the guilt of our nation for its enslavement of a vast multitude on its own soil, he speaks in clear, strong, unequivocal phraseology, and forcibly rebukes the country  for its glaring hypocrisy……”