BOSTON, Feb. 13, 1854.
To the Editor of the Commonwealth:
As your paper of this morning publishes my name among the Free Democratic [Online editors note: In 1852 the anti-slavery Free Soil Party had changed its name to the Free Democratic Party. RTL] delegates to the Convention to be held for the purpose of remonstrating against the passage of the Nebraska Bill, I trust you will allow me space to say, that I decline the appointment; that I have never been a member of the Free Soil Party; that I have never adopted its absurd and contradictory motto, Freedom National, Slavery Sectional; that I have no sympathy with the pusillanimous and criminal sentiment, If Slavery will let us alone, we will let it alone; that I am in favor of neither making nor keeping any compacts with slavery, in regard to boundaries; that I am glad to see that slavery intends neither to make not keep any such compacts with freedom; that I do not believe the Constitution authorises any such compromises; that I am glad that all excuses for the discussion of such compacts are likely soon to be swept away; that I hope the Nebraska bill will pass; and that I hope then to see freedom and slavery meet face to face, with no question between them, except which shall conquer, and which shall die.
The Liberator, February 24, 1854, p. 3
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