Author William Hobby, Unknown – Unknown

Author William Hobby, Unknown – Unknown

William Hobby was born in Georgia, and although little is known as to who William Hobby was, it is apparent, beyond any
room for doubt or contention, that he was, demonstrably, a right minded, aswell as a passionate defender and representative
of Southern society, and the institutions therein, he raised his greatest defense for the most valuable aspect of Southern civilization, which was slavery. His record on the matter of slavery is defined clearly in his sole work “Remarks upon slavery, occasioned by attempts made to circulate improper publications in the Southern States” In this work he primarily defended
slavery through scriptural citation, he also invoked relative health, criminality, and happiness with relation to the laboring
Africans in the North compared to Southern slaves. Hobby believed slavery to be a gift from providence that was put
upon Canaan and his posterity due to his severe deviation from the word of God.

An excerpt summarizing the curse of Canaan:

“At an eventful period in the life of Noah, some years after the flood, we find that Patriarch, who had long been a preacher
of righteousness, uttering, in the language of prophetic inspiration, the following prediction in relation to the future condition
of his family: “Cursed be Canaan, a servant of servants shall he be to his brethren; (and he said) Blessed be the Lord God
of Shem, and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan
shall be his servant.” By this prophetical denunciation the inheritance of Canaan was servitude-“a servant of servants shall
he be”-to the most degraded species of servitude was he subjected. The blessing of God and the blessings of freedom were pronounced upon Shem and Japheth, and to each of them Canaan was inevitably doomed to be a servant. Here, then, when
there was but a single family upon earth, the inheritance of slavery was entailed upon one branch of it. And though ” God made
of one blood all the nations of the earth,” or though, rather, all nations proceeded from one family, yet it is clearly and undeniably evident, that, from this period, God did not direct that one condition should be the portion of all. For the blessings of freedom
were secured beyond the possibility of change to two branches of the family-the condition of slavery was unalterably the
portion of another. That the prediction of Noah was uttered under the influence of the spirit of inspiration-that it looked to the dispersion and subsequent circumstances of his family, is not, as far as I know, questioned by any one -his language was
that of prophesy-a prophesy which was certainly to be fulfilled, and which has been thus far demonstrably accomplished.”

He goes on to articulate his Biblical interpretation further in the following section, Hobby, through his scriptural studies, inferred
that although Canaan and his posterity were to serve, through their loyal servitude they could earn entry into Heaven, best
summarized in the following quotation:

“It was permitted in the order of Providence, that the condition of slavery should be continued-that servants might be bought
and sold; but though they were thus lowered, as to certain civil and political rights, the Divine benevolence so directed, that
this circumstance should not occasion to them any moral or religious disability. They might be introduced into the Church of
God by its initiatory rights, and be partakers of its sealing ordinances, and might therefore be, as to their eventual and final condition, on a footing of perfect equality with their owners. Abraham might buy his servants, and he did buy them; but while
he thus obtained the benefit of their services upon earth, he was to favour their instruction in religious truth, and be instrumental
in their introduction to the Church of God, and the covenant established with them was to be an earnest or pledge of their everlasting happiness. They were to serve their owners upon earth, and were required to serve them with fidelity; but to the
joys of the upper world, they and their owners were made capable of behig admitted in precisely the same way, on exactly
the same terms, through the same propitiatory sacrifice, and by the same faithful performance of the duties devolving upon
them in their respective stations.”

He explains his rationale further, utilizing citation from the ten commandments:

“The Ten Commandments, delivered with awful solemnity from Mount Sinai, and which are justly considered as the great outlines of the Holy Law of God, are intended, in their injunctions and directions, to be of universal obligation, to embrace the various classes of society-the rich and the poor-masters and servants-parents and children. The fourth commandment, and the tenth, suppose a state of servitude to exist amongst those to whom they are directed. In the fourth, in which an observance of the Sabbath is enjoined, it is declared, “Six days shalt thou labour, but the seventh is the Sabbath of the Lord,” in it thou shalt not
do any work, “thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man servant, nor thy maid servant, nor thy cattle, nor the stranger that is within thy gates,” &. And in the tenth, it is said, “thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man servant, nor his maid servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is his.” In both of these commandments the condition of slavery is evidently supposed to exist in the same way it did in the time of Abraham, and in all subsequent
periods to the time the command was given, and they seem to look forward to the continuance of that condition for as long
a time as the obligatory nature of the command shall endure.”

The work itself was for the purpose of conveying discouragement to the abolitionist element who would circulate material to
incite turmoil, discontent, and rebellion, although little is known about William Hobby, his contribution to the pro-slavery cause
in his religiously themed protectionist work is much appreciated.

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