military despotism” --that is, the highest conceivable form or system of slavery
. Now this is said, by Dr. Wayland
, after waging a relentless war against both the principle and practice of slavery!
Is not this an instance in which a great and honest mind, having adopted certain false notions in an-tagonism with the system of slavery, wars against this system; whilst, at the same time, this system is underlaid, even in his own method of reasoning, by a vast mine of fundamental principles which, in spite of him, give it both being and activity?
Why need one so learned as Dr. Wayland
allow the truth to escape his notice, because in one connection it wears the livery of one form of words, and in another connection very properly assumes the livery of a different form of language?
To proceed: History informs us of many such communities as those defined by Dr. Wayland
, to which any other form of government would be entirely inappropriate but the one he calls a government of force or a military despotism
, “which is none other than the very highest form of slavery.
And your own good sense, young gentlemen, must assure you that it would be grossly absurd to confer on reckless boys of fifteen, or a mass of stupid pagans, all the rights of free citizens of this great republic.
No: the one class should be retained under the slavery (for let ”