to strangers, truth, fidelity, and generosity to their friends; but the undeveloped state of the pure reason leaves the moral sense in a state of so much immaturity, as to characterize them as unfaithful, cruel, and revengeful to their enemies.
These are characteristics which, in their condition of physical maturity, make them terrible to their neighbors.
Now the question is, What are the rights of such a people?
It is useless to discuss this question so far as it relates to mere savage government; for in this view it is a question of no interest.
But the question, What rights can they claim of a civilized people?
is the one with which we have to deal.
They certainly have a natural right to protection under given circumstances, and freedom from oppression under all circumstances.
If a civilized people, holding a balance of power in virtue of superior intelligence, have an undisputed right to protect themselves from the cruelty and infidelity of neighboring savages, still it will be admitted that oppression in any proper sense of the term would be an invasion of their natural rights.
They have a right to be left in the enjoyment of he highest amount of freedom which their mental tate will allow them to use legitimately.
And lore than this, their natural rights claim for them