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A Reply to Bishop Hopkins' View of slavery: and a review of the times Paperback – January 1, 1865

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  • Paperback: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Library (January 1, 1865)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1429707372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1429707374
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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By Barrie W. Bracken on April 5, 2009
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This is another attempt to refute the view of Bishop Hopkins of Vermont that slavery is not only the worthy condition of the African; it is indeed the will of God that these people should be so oppressed. The bishop first wrote this inclusion of oppression in the will of God in an 1861 pamphlet which he later included in a larger work of 1865. It seems that Mr. Boles is using this later work for his refutation. The slavery views are the same. The only difference one might point to is lamenting that the Union was broken by such an insignificant item as chattel slavery.

Mr. Boles finds the same fault with Hopkins abuse of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence as other writers have condemned. The opening phrases of the Declaration are nonsensical hyperbole; nowhere in nature is there equality. Compare the eagle and the humming bird and see if you find equality. Where is the equality between the lion and the timid mouse? It does not exist. Just as absurd is the proclaimed equality of the races.

The bishop is refuted on another of his pronouncements. He says emphatically that Slavery is the will of God and therefore must be maintained until God shall change his mind. He also proclaims he is the faithful servant of God. Then the bishops states that he would gladly see slavery abolished if it could be done without affecting the future of the blessed Union of the United States. Boles asks, How can a faithful servant of God wish to see an institution ordained by the omniscient Father destroyed?

The refuter makes another point not so often mentioned in these rebuttals: If slavery is ordained by God the father, what is to be made of the words of the Son, "Whatsoever ye do unto the least of these my brethren, ye do unto me.
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