the suitableness of any other form of government for any other people.
For example, the same principles which determine the fitness of a military despotism, a constitutional monarchy, or a democratic republic, to any particular community of white persons, will determine the suitableness of this form of government to the African race in this country.
They are all different forms of control, belonging to the same genus-government; and pervaded by the. same generic elements — the principles of slavery and liberty combined in different ratios, in order to secure the greatest amount of happiness to those communities to which they are fitly applied.
The claims of the African might be separately examined in regard to each of these forms of government; but this course is not demanded by the interests of this discussion.
Nor need we stop to inquire, how the Africans came into this country: whether lawfully or unlawfully — whether by their own act, or the act of another.
These are in truth side issues, and do not necessarily attach to this discussion.
They will be treated as incidental to the main question; for although it were allowed that they are here unlawfully, and that it is our duty to remove them, yet it is still true that they are here, and cannot be immediately removed, and must therefore be subjected, as human beings, to