slaves, may be so, I think is more than probably true.
Of the former I would say, that it is a duty they owe themselves no less than the country to accept the offer of the Colonization Society, and remove to their native land.
For, although it be allowed that they are in the moral condition of freedom, it is obvious that they never can be essentially free, in the bosom of a people with whom they can never amalgamate by marriage.
And in regard to the latter, I have to say that such of their owners as give that play to their benevolent feelings which their circumstances admit, and, as far as they can do so with propriety, facilitate their removal to Africa
by consent, entitle themselves to high commendation, and it is usually awarded them with great unanimity by Southern people.
But that the same admissions can be made in regard to the masses of this population in the country, I utterly deny.
On the contrary, I affirm that duty to ourselves and humanity to them alike forbid that civil liberty be conferred on them in Africa
, or elsewhere, and least of all in this country.
The assumption of Northern agitators, that the Southern
people are not competent judges in this matter, because they are too much interested in their bondage, is as untrue in fact as it is offensive