wrong cannot be remedied, without inflicting greater injury
, on all the parties concerned, than to permit the existing state of things to remain, in this state of the case, the existing state of things is in itself
right, and should be permitted to remain
Upon the basis of this principle — without which, we have no scruple to say, society could nowhere harmonize for a single hour — we have no difficulty in vindicating the honesty of the descendants of the Puritans, or the land-titles of the civilized world, or the thousand other titles which are equally involved by the absurd doctrine under consideration.
Nor do we find any difficulty in allowing them a just title to all the proceeds of the African traffic, even though it should be conceded that their forefathers were, as they characterize them, a set of mere men-stealers
Having invalidated this doctrine as a piece of gross sophistry, we remark:
2. That we also deny the hypothesis upon the basis of which this false doctrine has been made to apply to the Africans of this country; that is, we deny that African
slavery in this country had its origin or was founded in cruelty and robbery.
There is no reason to doubt the statements of history, that many slave-ships originally (as perhaps is still the case to some extent) acquired