but not perceived to be in conflict with other and more latent principles, which are in themselves truths
, and admitted to be truths
, and which produce this practice
, just so long will this false principle wage war, by the simple law of belief, against this practice
. But as this war is not sufficiently potent to overturn this practice, because it is founded on the belief of principles true
in themselves, the practice will remain; and so long as this false belief remains, the strife with the practice must remain.
Hence, if this be the state of the public mind in this country on the subject of African
slavery, and it find no efficient remedy, we can see nothing awaiting us but interminable strife — men against themselves — the country against the country!
We forbear to sketch the future.
But, young gentlemen, I submit if this psychology may not furnish a solution of the phenomena I have brought to your notice, and also a remedy against that otherwise interminable strife which has already done so much to impair the moral power and blight the fairest hopes of the country.
May it not be that in admitting the great abstract doctrine of Mr. Jefferson
, that the principle of African
slavery is, per se
, sinful, and that, as such, the attributes and providence of Deity are opposed to all who practice it, we have most