that is, they are not fitted for that measure.
of self-government which is necessary to political sovereignty.
It cannot, therefore, be justly claimed for them.
They have no right to it. It would not be to them an essential good, but an essential evil, a curse.
To confer it on them, either by an act of direct or gradual emancipation, would be eminently productive of injury to the whole country, and utterly ruinous to them.
This proposition is capable of division.
We will discuss the points in the order in which they stand.
They are not, in point of intellectual and moral development, fitted for that measure of self-government which is necessary to political sovereignty.
We have said they are an inferior race.
That they are so in the original structure of their minds I pretend not to affirm — nay, I do not believe it. I believe in the unity of the races — that God
“hath made of one blood all nations of men
Acts XVII. 26.
But that the race in this country are inferior, in the general development of their intellectual and moral faculties, I am free to affirm.
This I attribute to the crushing influence of the ages of barbarous and pagan life to which their forefathers in Africa
For, as, in the progress of civilization, each succeeding generation