of civilized persons occupies a higher intellectual and moral platform, so, in the descending scale of barbarism, each succeeding generation of barbarians occupies a lower platform of intellectual and moral development.
Hence, we can account for the exceedingly barbarous condition of the race when first brought into this country.
It also follows, that a race of men whose intellects have been long stultified by ages of barbarism, cannot, by any contact with the principles and usages of civilized life, be speedily thrown up to an elevated platform.
This also accounts, in a good degree, for the slow progress which the race has made in civilization, since their introduction into the country.
To recur now to the fact, which cannot be controverted, that they were brought into this country in a state of extreme barbarism and Pagan ignorance: in the first place, were they then in a condition which fitted them for political sovereignty, and equality of social rights and privileges with the whites?
If they were not for the latter, it is very plain that they were not for the former.
It is quite certain that they were not prepared for either.
If they were, why did not the Puritans of New England
allow them this sovereignty and equality?
By their consent and active cooperation, they were brought into the country.