Quotation by State of Indiana

Clay answered the petition by declaring that while he looked on the institution of slavery as an evil, it was 'nothing in comparison with the far greater evil which would inevitably flow from a sudden and indiscriminate emancipation.'
State of Indiana, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943). Indiana: A Guide to the Hoosier State (The WPA Guide to Indiana), p. 338, Oxford University Press (1941).

Henry Clay's response to demands from a Quaker group that he free his own slaves.
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