For the National Era.
C.M. CLAY AND GEO. W. JULIAN.
I have just witnessed one of the most interesting spectacles which a citizen of our Republic can now be called to look upon––a bridging over of the Ohio––a wiping out of Mason and Dixon's line––partial destruction of the prejudice between North and South.
I have seen, perhaps for the first time in the history of our country, the Northern politician or statesman cross on to Southern soil, and their discourse to public audiences, freely, fully, and faithfully, upon the social, moral, and political evils of American Slavery.
Our friend Geo. W. Julian, of Indiana, the nominee for the Vice Presidency of the Free Democracy, has, in company with C.M. Clay, addressed public audiences in Lewis, Mason, and Bracken counties. The audiences in Lewis and Bracken were not large, but very attentive, and the impression good.
Vigilant efforts were made to intimidate, and deter persons form going. One of the largest stampedes, perhaps, ever known in the State, and at the same time successful, has just come off. It is said that thirty-two slaves left for Canada a few nights previous; yet no disturbance in our meetings. The audience at Marysville was large, and received Mr. Julian's speech, even to applause. His speech was clear, forcible, faithful, and effective.
Before slaveholders and non-slaveholders, he spoke of the unrighteous character and immoral tendency of Slavery, and the unconstitutionality of the Fugitive Slave Bill. His manner was dignified and gentlemanly. This was reciprocated by the people of Maysville.
At night the City Hall, which is large, was filled to overflowing, to hear the powerful argument and soul-stirring eloquence of C.M. Clay. His speech was indeed a masterly effort. The audience listened with rapt enthusiasm for two hours, often rising to bursts of applause. The audience was dismissed with perfect order.
Many citizens pronounced the speech as the best one they ever heard. Mr. Julian himself, who has heard many speeches, pronounced it one of the best he ever heard. Never was I more delighted. My highest earthly desire is, to see slavery abolished in this my native State, and throughout the world.
For several weeks we have had a ticket formed in Kentucky, yet for want of speakers and time the fact will probably not be known in many counties in the State. Mr. Clay, however, thinks Hale will get five hundred votes in Madison county, Ky. May God speed the right. JOHN G. FEE.
Cabin Creek P.O., Lewis Co., Ky.
P.S. Oct. 5, 1852.––We want thousands of Horace Mann's and Charles Sumner's speeches to distribute in Kentucky. Who will send us some?
"C.M. Clay and Geo. W. Julian," Washington (DC) National Era, October 14, 1852, p. 3