Among them, the term “free nigger” is one of deepest reproach.
Those who respect themselves, it is well known, form no matrimonial alliance with them, from sheer contempt of their degradation.
I have frequently met, in my travels, with old men, in independent circumstances, who by the doctrines of the pulpit, enforced by the personal influence of a favorite minister in private life, were induced, in early life, to free their slaves, who now confess, with the result of their mistaken piety before their eyes, that they conferred no boon upon them, but rather inflicted an injury both upon them and upon society.
They console themselves with the reflection that they intended all for the best.
This picture is not surcharged.
You will do me the justice to remember that no dark picture can be drawn without dipping the pencil in dark colors.
I have an interest in a slave, who is no doubt in the moral condition of freedom, as before defined.
I have assured this man that he ought to go to Liberia, in Africa
, and have insisted on his consenting to go. But still I am so deeply convinced of the truth and importance of the facts here stated in regard to our free colored population, that a sense of duty to him and to the community forbid that he be placed among the number.
But it may be supposed that a popular feeling