“An Explanatory Note—Tweedledum and Tweedledee.,” New York Daily Times, 20 February 1857, p. 2.
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An Explanatory Note—Tweedledum and Tweedledee
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An Explanatory Note—Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
NEW-YORK, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1857.
To the Editor of the New-York Daily Times:
SIR: In your daily paper of this morning, I notice an account of a convention at Utica, CHARLES L. REDMON presiding, at which Messrs. GARRISON, REMOND, POWELL, and others, made speeches, and resolutions were adopted which “fully indorse the sentiments of the Disunion Convention held at Worcester, and openly avowed secession.” By your correspondent this account is headed “CONVENTION OF RADICAL ABOLITIONISTS,” which is a mistake, and creates misapprehension and confusion. Allow me to explain.
“RADICAL ABOLITIONISTS,” technically so called, believe the Constitution to be Anti-Slavery, and that it authorizes and requires of the Federal Government the abolition of Slavery throughout the whole country. Consequently they are opposed to a dissolution of the Union.
The American Anti-Slavery Society, on the other hand, (Garrisonian,) believing that the Constitution is Pro-Slavery, despair of preserving Liberty under it, and therefore desire a dissolution of the Union. It was a convention of these that was held at Utica. They do not take the distinctive name of “Radical Abolitionists,” nor favor their measures.
I write this, our of now disrespect towards those who differ from me, but to prevent misapprehensions which may be inconvenient to both the parties.