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writer expresses his views with no small strength of lan guage, but his character as a man of veracity is attested by abundant evidence, and he is careful to support the more important of his statements by documentary proof.
“At the commencement of the war the people of the Free States had a golden opportunity of washing their hands of all further share in the guilt of slaveholding, and if they had at once taken the bold and honest step of declaring all men equal before the law, recognising at the same time the claim for compensation on the part of those who, under the protection of legal guarantees, had acquired property in slaves, they would have secured the moral support of Europe; but few or none had the idea of equal rights to the black and the white man, and many who resisted the extension of slave territory were equally prepared to resist the removal of the legal brand of inferiority which was stamped on the African. The Union was the idol of the people, and to preserve it they were willing, not only to abate their demands on the subject of extension, but to fence round the vile system with new and more effectual barricades. Having sown the wind they are reaping the whirlwind.
“Those who are really desirous to know the position of the American Churches
in regard to slavery will do well to procure this volume. They will find ample evidence that even the Cheevers, and the Beechers, and the Stowes are not absolutely free of the taint, that the anti-British feeling of these is intense, and that they condescend, when it suits their purpose, to pander to the worst passions of the mob. We shall be glad to learn that Mr. Balme's book has a large circulation.”—Morning Journal, Aug. 25, 1862.
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“We have already given samples of this thrilling volume; but we cannot withhold a general and very fervent recommendation of it. Its appearance is peculiarly seasonable, and its extensive circulation can scarcely fail to give an impulse to the reviving anti-slavery spirit of England. It is replete with facts, many of them of the highest import
anco as touching individuals, churches and Christian communities. It is a book which may be opened anywhere and read straight on, for a spirit of life pervades the whole. It is quite a repertory of slavery matters, and greatly suited to the eventful hour which is passing over us.
." — British Standard, Aug. 29, 1862.
“Mr. Balme may be regarded as a John Brown redivivus, except that he has not yet sealed his testimony with his blood; and being an English Baptist, who only went to America in 1852, he has entered with energy into a matter of American sins and sorrows. We have said that this volume is amusing, but it is also instructive. Mr. Balme has gathered together a number of sayings of their leading men (Americans), which tell painfully against them, and illustrate the rotten state of their boasted civilization.” Scotsman, Aug. 16, 1862.
“Mr. Balme expounds many phases of American society, and draws pictures that ought to startle those, who, like John Bright, have been in the habit of lauding the institutions of the new world as vastly superior to those of the old. He is unflinching in his denunciation of slavery and slave-owners, but he also strongly condemns the war carried on by the North against the South. He writes clearly, and enunciates his opinions fearlessly. We commend his book.” -Leed's Intelligencer, August, 27th, 1864.
“We sincerely wish that these letters could be put into the hands of every person in this country, inasmuch as they are calculated to correct many of those misconceptions into which not a few of our countrymen have fallen, respecting the great quarrel in which the States of America are now engaged. The author shews himself to be perfectly familiar with all the facts and circumstances connected with the history of the United States."— Staffordshire Sentinel, May 21, 1864.
“Mr. Balme is a very extensive author, and the work before us is a very able exposure of slavery in all its forms and with all its patronage. The book is well got up, and will, we trust, have a rapid sale.”—Glasgow Ecaminer, Sept. 13, 1862.
“ His book is replete with interesting matter; a well furnished store-house of facts."--Morning Advertiser, Aug. 7, 1862.
“Rev. J. P. Mursell, said, Mr. Balme had long been known to him by name as one of the most unflinching advocates of freedom in America, and had made it his object to purify the Church of the dreadful sin of slavery. He quite sympathised with his fervour and enthusiasm, and honoured him for it. He had not only advocated freedom but suffered for it.”-Report of a Public Meeting at the Town Hall, Leicester, May 1861, in the Leicester Mercury.