we conclude, that whatever were the cruelties of individuals engaged in the original slave trade, (for which they were responsible,) and whatever may have been the abuses of the system since, by individual slave owners, the system itself was originally founded in a profound view of the principles of political science, so far as regards this country, and of political economy, and the claims of Christian benevolence so far as it regards the Africans themselves.
The resources of this vast country have been rapidly developed.
It is already the asylum of the oppressed, and the home of the poor, of all lands.
Slave labor has had no small share in all this.
The regeneration of the continent of Africa
has already commenced, and the ultimate result is looked to with increasing confidence.
Thus we have invalidated the doctrine
, and also the hypothesis, which form the basis on which the abolitionists rest their argument against the justice and policy of the South
That their position is not tenable is no direct proof that ours is right; but it does afford a presumption
that we are right.
we claim, for the several reasons given.
The direct argument in vindication of the system of domestic slavery, upon its own merits.
is reserved for the next lecture.