reasonable exertions to elevate their moral condition.
Hence the noble efforts now being made by the Christian
people of this country to evangelize the savages on our border, and the no less commendable efforts of the United States government to favor this design, by an annual appropriation from the national treasury.
All this is only according them their rights.
But do these rights entitle them to claim social equality with a civilized people?
That which it is the right of another to clair of me, it is my duty to grant.
Is it then my duty to grant social equality to any or to every wandering savage that may chance to pass my dwelling?
Should I not only extend to him the rights of hospitality due to a wandering savage — give him food and shelter in given circumstances, and treat him kindly in all respects — but extend to him true social equality, such as it is my duty to do to other men in certain states of civilization!
No man — himself not a savage — would dare affirm this!
The savage has no right to claim it. The reason is obvious on the principles discussed.
Certain social rights arise only on certain conditions of moral development, and the fulfilment of the duties which attach to that state.
The savage has not reached this condition; hence has not fulfilled its duties, and is not entitled to the right of social equality which attaches to that state.