more trouble, and furnish stronger temptations to sin, than our slaves could possibly do. Having all the perverseness of the slave, their superior intelligence may make them much more potent for evil.
But still they are our children.
The wisest and best parents will have to be blind to a great many faults, and ultimately bear in silence with a great deal which cannot be concealed.
The parent that does his best, and commits results to God, will find in the end that things turn out a great deal better than his fears dictated they would do. So our slaves are ours still.
They are God's poor, committed to us. We must control and protect them for their profit, as well as work them for our mutual profit.
They have great faults.
Still, they are our heritage both for good and for evil.
We may not dissolve the relation between us and them, any more than that between us and our children.
We dare not turn them loose in the savage wilds of Africa
, any more than we dare allow them to be hunted down as wild beasts by the advances of a superior race, with whom they cannot be permitted to amalgamate.
To govern as well as work them, is, then, a moral necessity.
We cannot fulfil our duty without perhaps a great deal of trouble in given cases.
At all times we must be blind to many faults, and bear with some others which cannot be concealed.
There is no release from