contact with civilization confer on them higher rights than it has already been admitted belong to them in a separate state in virtue of their humanity?
Is it our duty to accord to them equality of political rights?
and for the reason that they are diffused through the mass of society?
Can this position be maintained?
On the contrary, the change of position, and the service which in that position they render to the cause of civilization, which is assumed to acquire for them a right that does not belong to their class of persons in a separate position, so far from affording a vindication of this doctrine, furnishes a still stronger reason against it. They are not only uncivilized, but are now in a position to exert an evil influence, which in a separate state they could not do, although they might dwell upon our border.
In a separate state, the artificial wants of civilized life are unknown to them.
The great sources of temptation to do wrong by invading the rights of neighbors, is not supplied to them by their position.
But when in immediate contact with civilization, a great many of these artificial wants are learned by them, and felt to be objects of desire.
These desires, by a fixed law of the human mind, must be a constant source of temptation — they clamor for gratification.
If the indulgence should not be restrained, either by a system