a sensible man to affirm that he has this right in virtue of his mere humanity, would be simply ridiculous.
And this being so, it follows, a fortiori
, that it is much less our duty to allow him an equal participation in the sovereignty of the State
--allow him a control in the affairs of government — share the authority to regulate our relations domestic and foreign; and even to participate in governing our families.
The man who should gravely propose in Congress to annex the savage tribes of our border, as sovereign States of this Union, would, by all right-minded men, be regarded as insane.
No one of the managers of looms, spindles, and other machinery, among the agrarian portion of our northern community, with all their boasted knowledge of the natural rights of man, and their readiness to accord equal rights to all men, and to protect them in asserting those rights, have, as yet, made up their minds to go thus far — although we may be at a loss to account for it that they so far falsify their principles as not to do so.
Now, as it is not our duty to do this in behalf of a neighboring race of uncivilized people, for the reason that they have no right to it, how does the question stand in regard to a numerous class of such persons, spread through a definite section of our country?
Does this change of position and