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Lecture VII: the institution of domestic slavery.

  • The question stated
  • -- the conduct of masters a separate question -- the institution defined -- the position of the abolitionists and that of the Southern people -- the presumption is in favor of the latter -- those who claim freedom for the blacks of this country failed to secure it to those on whom they professed to confer it -- the doctrine by which they seek to vindicate the claim set up for them, together with the fact of history assumed to be true, is false.


having proved that the abstract principle of the institution of domestic slavery is a legitimate principle, both in itself, and in this, that it coincides with the great fundamental principle of right, and does not necessarily conflict with the right, and is therefore in itself good, and not evil; the next inquiry that arises is this: “Is the institution of domestic slavery, existing among us, and involving this principle, justified by the circumstances of the case, and therefore right?” --according to the doctrine evolved in the second lecture, namely, that the

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