This would be a deplorable state of things indeed.
It would work special disaster to our Northern brethren.
For, first, if this doctrine be true, they own scarcely one foot of honest land; nor is there any in the whole country, save the original purchase of William Penn
, and a few other unappreciable portions of territory.
were the original and rightful owners of this whole country, according to the theory of rights which forms the basis of this doctrine.
From the most of their possessions they were forcibly ejected at the peril of life as well as liberty; and from the remainder they were driven by a policy which in civilized life would be held and treated as knavery.
These lands, according to this doctrine, should in all honesty be restored to their rightful owners, or to those who inherit them under their title, or the present holders are robbers.
, it is said, were stolen!
If so, those who received them in this country can only be regarded as the receivers of stolen property — no better, if not worse, than the original thieves.
But on this hypothesis, Who stole them?
and who received this stolen property, knowing it to be so stolen?
These questions admit of but one answer: The forefathers of the present generation of New England
From their ports, vessels were fitted out,