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the day. Against this I have nothing to say; it is all well enough for women to give the fictions of slavery ; men should give the facts.
I trust that my friends and fellow-citizens of the South will read this book--nay, proud as any Southerner though I am, I entreat, I beg of them to do so. And as the work, considered with reference to its author's nativity, is a novelty—the South being my birth-place and my home, and my ancestry having resided there for more than a century—so I indulge the hope that its reception by my fellow-Southrons will also be novel; that is to say, that they will receive it, as it is offered, in a reasonable and friendly spirit, and that they will read it and reflect upon it as an honest and faithful endeavor to treat a subject of enormous import, without rancor or prejudice, by one who naturally comes within the pale of their own sympathies.
An irrepressibly active desire to do something to elevate the South to an honorable and powerful position among the enlightened quarters of the globe, has been the great leading principle that has actuated me in the preparation of the present volume; and so well convinced am I that the plan which I have proposed is the only really practical one for achieving the desired end, that I earnestly hope to see it prosecuted with energy and zeal, until the Flag of Freedom shall wave triumphantly alike over the valleys of Virginia and the mounds of Mississippi.
H. R. H. JUNE, 1857.
; men should
le South will
s having resi-
cility of the South-The True Cause and the Remedy-
Value of Lands in the Free and in the Slave States—A few
Plain Words addressed to Slaveholders—The Old Ilome-
The Voice of England--Opinions of Mansfield--Locko-
Opening Remarks-General Statistics of the Free and of
- National Political Power of the two Sections—Popular
Plea for a great Southern Commercial City-Importance of
Cities in General-Letters from the Mayors of sundry