Charles Stuart to Frederick Douglass, January 17, 1862
GERRIT SMITH'S LETTER TO MR. CROSWELL.
F. DOUGLASS, ESQ.: DEAR SIR:—I wish to
offer to the public and following detached ob-
servations on some of the statements of our
common friend, Hon. Gerrit Smith, in his let-
ter to Mr. Croswell, as published in your
monthly number of the present month.
Mr. Croswell says, that Fremont ignores
the right of property in man; but that Col.
Cochrane recognizes it.
Mr. Smith says, that the Abolitionists
agree with Mr. Croswell, yet would abolish
slavery; and then gives what equivocal credit
he can to the charge against them, of folly
Mr. Smith says, the North cannot afford to
be divided by miserable party prejudices and
jealousies! But who are so notorious for
such prejudices and jealousies, as himself, and
his head prophet, W.L. Garrison?
Mr. Smith says, let our one common con-
cern be to save our country. But there is
another and greater concern, viz., that is to
save impartial liberty and justice, without
which the country would remain what it is,
in these respects, an empire of fraud, felony
Mr. Smith says, that the President was
educated to worship the Constitution. Nay;
but to worship a travested, falsified and mu-
tilated thing called the Constitution, as differ-
erent from the real Constitution of the U.S.,
as impartial liberty is from the chattel slave
Mr. Smith displays great zeal in contending
that the Abolitionists agree with Messrs.
Croswell and Cochrane. According to his
school of Abolition, perhaps they do. But
the Abolition heart can never compromise
with slavery. The double-minded only, what-
ever they may be called, can possibly prefer
political expediency to everlasting truth and
There are, indeed, many, many, called
Christians and Abolitionists, who are greater
enemies to religion and truth, than honest
infidels. But the whole heart is what God
requires, and no single feature, however beau-
tiful, can be sanely substituted for the whole.
LORA, C. W., Jan. 17, 1862.