therefore, that Dr. Wayland
found himself compelled to admit that minors were exceptions to his rule; which, however, he had argued as universal — universals admit of no exceptions.
Again, it is not true of barbarians, through any of the stages of barbarism.
At no period are they in that state of intellectual and moral development in which they could use for the common welfare the blessings of civil freedom, as understood and enjoyed by a highly civilized people.
If they were, they would not be barbarians, but a civilized people, to whom the right of civilization — political freedom — would inure.
Now I assume here, what I shall prove in a future lecture, that the African came into this country in a state of extreme barbarism; and that, in the judgment of Southern people — whom prejudice itself can hardly deny are honest and the only competent judges in this matter — they are still as a race, in a state of semi-barbarism, to say the least.
If we are right in this position, they also are an example of persons who are clearly not entitled to the rights which inure only to a state of civilization.
With what propriety, therefore, could any decent man, whose object is not to insult, affirm that we are “odious tyrants,” for withholding from the African the rights which are appropriate only to a state of civilization: unless