worthy of the highest attainments of piety!
Hence they had no scruple to purchase them when brought to the country.
The most eminently patriotic and benevolent of the colonists purchased them.
The most pious members of churches, and distinguished Christian ministers, did the same.
The immortal Whitefield
did not scruple to sustain his pious foundation in Georgia
by a large income, for the times, from slave property.
Were they correct in these views?
We appeal to facts.
Multitudes were brought to the country who had otherwise perished in barbarous warfare, or been murdered as captives, and the others would have remained in a state of Pagan ignorance, superstition, and slavery.
By coming into the country, they have been greatly improved in their mental, moral, and physical condition.
I do not stay to trouble you with statistical details.
But nm investigations warrant a statement, which you can test at your leisure; it is this: the number of Africans who have died in the communion of the Methodist
churches of America
to the present time — and who, therefore, we may assume, were christianized by their residence in this country — exceeds the whole number of all the heathen who have been christianized by the labors of all the Protestant denominations of Christendom since the days of Luther.