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560             UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR
to be trifled with, apologized for, and passed over in silence ? Farmers of Massachusetts, of New Hampshire, of Ver­mont, of Connecticut, who read this book by the blaze of your winter-evening fire, — strong-hearted, generous sail­ors and ship-owners of Maine, — is this a thing for you to countenance and encourage ? Brave and generous men of New York, farmers of rich and joyous Ohio, and ye of the wide prairie States, — answer, is this a thing for you to protect and countenance ? And you, mothers of America, — you, who have learned, by the cradles of your own children, to love and feel for all mankind, — by the sacred love you bear your child ; by your joy in his beautiful, spotless infancy ; by the motherly pity and tenderness with which you guide his growing years; by the anxieties of his education; by the prayers you breathe for his soul's eternal good; — I beseech you, pity the mother who has all your affections, and not one legal right to protect, guide, or educate the child of her bosom! By the sick hour of your child; by those dying eyes, which you can never forget; by those last cries, that wrung your heart when you could neither help nor save; by the desolation of that empty cradle, that silent nursery, — I beseech you, pity those mothers that are constantly made childless by the American slave-trade! And say, mothers of America, is this a thing to be defended, sympathized with, passed over in silence ?
Do you say that the people of the free States have nothing to do with it, and can do nothing ? Would to God this were true! But it is not true. The people of the free States have defended, encouraged, and partici­pated ; and are more guilty for it, before God, than the South, in that they have not the apology of education or custom.
If the mothers of the free States had all felt as they should, in times past, the sons of the free States would not have been the holders, and, proverbially, the hardest mas­ters of slaves; the sons of the free States would not have