the blacks, would anticipate the law, in by far the greater number of instances, and sell their slaves in the States in which no such law had been passed.
Still, many, no doubt, would not take this course: a want of forecast, and most generally a mistaken notion of humanity, would prevent its adoption.
In this way, we cannot hesitate to believe that the accumulation of free colored population would be so great as to induce their extermination at no distant day. This calamity could be averted only by a sale of the slaves into some other State in anticipation of the law providing for their manumission.
Now, whatever of mere selfishness there may be in the proposed measure, nothing is more certain than that it is entirely destitute of all humanity for the slave, and of all just regard to his progress in civilization, and his more speedy elevation to moral fitness for freedom.
For by the tile this work had progressed through the District of Columbia, the States of Delaware
, and, it might be, North Carolina
, the far greater part of the numerous slave population of the whole country would be accumulated in the remaining States of the South and South-west.
This would be the inevitable result.
For the free-soilers, it seems, are determined, if the effect of agitation