an address delivered on the fourth of july 1836

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: ADDRESS, DELIVERED ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, 1836, AT PINE STREET CHURCH, BOSTON, IN THE MORNING, AND AT SALEM,IN THE AFTERNOON. [BY BECIUEST OP THE FRIENDS TO THE IMMEDIATE ABOLITION OP SLAVEUÎT.J BY CHARLES FITCH, Pastor of the Free Congregational Church, Boston. ? BOSTON: PUBLISHED BY ISAAC KNAPP, 46, WASHINGTON STREET. 1836. U 5 ? ,? ?.. 3 |. 7 [PUBLISHED BY REUUEST.] ADDRESS. 'WE HOLD IT TO BE SELF-EVIDENT, THAT GOD HAS CREATED ALL MEN EQUAL, AND ENDOWED THEM WITH CERTAIN UNALIENABLE RIGHTS, AND THAT AMONG THESE RIGHTS, ARE LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.' That is my text—and if ever one sentence was written in the English language, which expresses more than any other, the true spirit of those who would abolish slavery throughout the world, it seems to me to be this. It comprises just everything for which abolitionists contend. It covers the whole ground, and reaches the farthest possible extent of all their avowed principles, and of all the measures which they contemplate, or which they desire to see used, for the deliverance of their fellow-men who are held in chains. Nothing ever was said, nothing ever was written, which aimed more directly to the entire and eternal destruction of the institution of slavery than this. You might gather up all the anti-slavery papers and books, under which our Post Masters and Southern mail carriers have groaned so piteously ; and at which Southern slaveholders have uttered such cries of distress ; and add to them all the speeches of George Thompson on both sides of the Atlantic ; and all (he fire and fury of William Lloyd Garrison ; with every published number of the Liberator, and Emancipator, and New York Evangelist ; and every sentence that has ever been u...
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