em renounce every plan of moral reformation, and every plan whatsoever, which does not terminate in the gratification of their own animal natures.
The friends of emancipation would urge in the first instance an immediate abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia, and in the Territories of Florida and Arkansas.
The number of slaves in these portions of the country, coming under the direct jurisdiction of the general government, is as follows—
District of Columbia6,119
Territory of Arkansas4,576
Territory of Florida15,501
Here, then, are twenty-six thousand human beings, fashioned in the image of God, the fitted temples of His Holy Spirit, held by the government in the abhorrent chains of slavery.
The power to emancipate them is clear.
It is indisputable.
The report of Mr. Alexander in the Congress of 1829, unfavorable to the prayer of the petition for abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia, may be referred to as a specimen of the ver<