Free Soil Inconsistency

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FREE SOIL INCONSISTENCY.

Boston, Feb. 19,1854.

Dear Friend:

The accompanying note was sent by Mr. Spooner to the Commonwealth, and rejected. I thought you would be pleased to see it, and perhaps to publish it in the Liberator. Mr. Spooner would not vote for the Nebraska bill,-though he says he would like to see Free Soilers driven from their false position by its passage. I am glad to see such a man as Mr. Spooner speaking so plainly and strongly in condemnation of the half-way principles of the Free Soilers. The man who can aim at less than the utter abolition of slavery, is not only wanting in virtue, but in policy. Free Soilers might abolish slavery, if they would try; but if they allow it to remain, they will never be able to keep it within bounds. The devil will be Lord of all, or nothing. He must either be allowed to sit on the throne, or be tumbled into the pit. Yours affectionately,

JOSEPH BARKER.

Boston, Feb. 13, 1854.

To the Editor of the Commonwealth:

As your paper of this morning publishes my name among the 'Free Democratic' 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 nor 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.

Yours respectfully,

LYSANDER SPOONER.


  • Lysander Spooner and Joseph Barker, “Free Soil Inconsistency,” The Liberator 24, no. 8 (February 24, 1854): 31.