Candor to Frederick Douglass, October 20, 1854
For Frederick Douglass' Paper.
WE DEMAND FAIR TREATMENT OF HON. GERRIT SMITH.
FRIEND DOUGLASS:—We are so fully conscious
that Hon. Gerrit Smith is able to defend
himself, that it is possible that we are
in danger of neglecting to say some things
which we ought to say, to guard his reputation
from the assaults of the enemies of impartial
freedom. His reputation is among
the richest legacies which the friends of suffering
humanity can inherit; therefore we
have a right to be jealous for its protection
from rude assault, and more especially from
such misrepresentations and misconstructions
of motive as may mislead some honest
minds. We are to examine his doctrine of
the admission of Cuba, "even with slavery,"
with an eye distinctly on his construction of
the Constitution. Then Cuban slavery comes
under the axe.