An essay on slavery and abolitionism, the duty of American females, and the
inadvisability of women in non-slave-holding states to join Abolition Societies
By Catharine E. Beecher
H. Perkins; Perkins & Marvin
Philadelphia ; Boston
ESSAY ON SLAVERY AND ABOLITIONISM.
ADDRESSED TO MISS A. D. GRIMKE.
My dear Friend,
Your public address to Christian females at the South has reached me, and I have been urged to
aid in circulating it at the North. I have also been informed, that you contemplate a tour, during the
ensuing year, for the purpose of exerting your influence to form Abolition Societies among ladies of
the non-slave-holding States.
Our acquaintance and friendship give me a claim to your private ear; but there are reasons why it
seems more desirable to address you, who now stand before the public as an advocate of Abolition
measures, in a more public manner.
The object I have in view, is to present some reasons why it seems unwise and inexpedient for
ladies of the non-slave-holding States to unite themselves in Abolition Societies; and thus, at the
same time, to exhibit the inexpediency of the course you propose to adopt.
I would first remark, that your public address leads me to infer, that you are not sufficiently
informed in regard to the feelings and opinions of Christian females at the North. Your remarks seem
to assume, that the principles held by Abolitionists on the subject of slavery, are peculiar to them,
and are not generally adopted by those at the North who oppose their measures. In this you are not
correctly informed. In the sense in which Abolitionists explain the terms they employ, there is little, if
any, difference between them and most northern persons. Especially is this true of northern persons
of religious principles. I know not where to look for northern Christians, who would deny that every
slave-holder is bound to treat his slaves exactly as he would claim that his own children ought to be
treated in similar circumstances;...