The Challenge Accepted- George Fitzhugh, 10/10/1856

The Challenge Accepted- George Fitzhugh, 10/10/1856

Having lent my Liberator to a friend, I did not discover, till few days since, Mr. A. Hogeboom’s repealed challenge
to me, to discuss the subject of slavery. The terms of his letter leave me no alternative. I have accepted his challenge,
and sent him my opening argument, with the request that he should publish it, with his reply, in pamphlet form, (as
he proposes.) without troubling himself to send me a manuscript copy of his reply I shall be satisfied to see it in print,
and to reply to it thereafter, if I think proper. I presume you will publish my acceptance of a challenge. which was
tendered through your columns. All I ask is, that the people in free society should investigate the history and statistics
of such society, (which is but a very small and short-lived experiment.) ascertain that it has improved the moral,
social, intellectual and physical condition of the liberated class, or at least has redounded to “the greater good
of the greatest number,” before they attempt to force us to try the same experiment. I admit, at once, that if history,
human experience and statistics prove the evils of free society to be less than the evils of slave society, slavery
should be abolished. I complain-that all abolitionists assume as true, on this I subject, that which all experience
shows to be the very reverse of truth. Your obedient servant – Geo. Fitzhugh

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