the peace of the communities in which they reside; and that to confer it upon them, in these circumstances, would in all probability lead to the extirpation of the race, as the only means of protecting civilization from the insufferable evils of so direct a contact with an unrestrained barbarism.
It is also an opinion equally sanctioned, that if they were prepared for political freedom, it would be scarcely less disastrous to confer it upon them in this country.
The reason is obvious.
As they cannot spontaneously amalgamate with the whites, they could not, in the nature of things, enjoy freedom in their midst.
Hence, if the masses should ever reach that point, in the progress of civilization, at which it might be proper to confer on them the rights of political freedom, another location would have to be sought for them.
The Southern people (using the term in the sense specified) constitute a large portion of the whole Union.
They have progressed as far in civilization, and, in many respects, much farther than any people in the whole country.
A very large portion of them are confessedly pious, as well as intelligent.
Taken as a whole, they are as eminently entitled to be regarded a religious people as any other people on the face of the globe.
Now, that such a people, so obviously entitled to the highest consideration throughout