Speech of Hon. M.R.H. Garnett of Virginia on the State of the Union Delivered in the House of Representatives, January 16, 1861.
Washington: M'Gill & Withrow, 1861.
16 pp. 8vo. Unbound, pages uncut from original folio forme Item #256711
Concerning what Garnett considered the disastrous economic and political consequences of the emancipation of slaves: "...the destruction of southern wealth and industry will be almost complete...You may substitue the slavery of the law...but you will get not half work; and in destroying the personal and hereditary tie between master and slave, you have destroyed not only that which makes industry profitable, but still more, you have broken up the essential condition on which all that is humane or good in the relation depends. I will not dilate on the incalculable loss to the North or to the world involved in the ruin of the cottin culture and southern commerce and industry. My interest are nearer home, where I see a country once animated by peaceful industry, once blessed with happy homes, once advancing under the command of the white race...I see this country, its industry extinguished, its home deserted by the rich, its fields overgrown by the thicket, and abandoned to the improvident laziness of the emancipated African"