in the Southern
, for the reason that we have a much larger African
slave population than existed in the Northern States
at the time their emancipation laws were adopted.
Now, suppose (what, however, can scarcely, if at all, be allowed a supposable case) that all the Southern States
should simultaneously pass laws, providing for the gradual emancipation of the slaves, and hence, ultimately, effect their emancipation, as provided for by law, for the reason that there would be no market open for the sale of them, as was the case when the scheme was attempted at the North
: even in such a state of things, you cannot fail to perceive that the propriety of such a measure turns entirely upon the truth or error of a position already discussed.
If my position be correct, (and it is evidently Established by the facts adduced in the preceding lecture,) that their mental imbecility and moral degradation is such that, whilst it remains a fact that for physical and uncontrollable causes they cannot amalgamate, any material addition to our present number of free colored population would result in their extermination, humanity, leaving all other reasons out of the account, would forbid the measure!
Nor can I persuade myself that there is an emancipationist, however fanatical, this side the strange delirium of a deliberately wicked