"It is not always an easy matter to extricate one's self from a situation in which one is involved, or perhaps entangled. It is easy to think that you can, or that others should....to think that life's predicaments exist in sharply-delineated colors and not mottled shades and blurred edges. The wheat and the tares grow up together, and you can't uproot one without pulling up some of the other (Matthew 13: 24-30). Which isn't usually what the plan was... [SOURCE]"
"Wisdom dictates forethought and planning to provide for eventualities. Time was needed. The passage of time allowed for the institution of slavery to develop and grow, so time's passage also was required for its demise. [ibid]"
"Jefferson wrote, "We have the wolf by the ears, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go. Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other." (Miller, John Chester, The Wolf by the Ears: Thomas Jefferson and Slavery). [ibid]"