: “Let a thousand missionaries fall, ere Africa
be given up!”
Thus far the work went on in the order of Divine Providence.
The voluntary principle was discriminating.
Those who were in the moral condition of freedom gladly embraced the opportunity.
Those who were below that condition were deaf to the call.
But this divinely sanctioned process was quite too slow for the fiery zeal of emancipationists.
The door of Providence
did not open fast enough!
Encouraged by past successes, they attempted to hasten the work.
Forgetful of the original and avowed objects of the Society — the colonization of the free people of color, with their own consent
--the friends of colonization began to preach manumission to the owners of slaves.
Many hearkened to the call as a Macedonian appeal to their feelings of benevolence.
The slaves upon large plantations were emancipated, and funds placed at the disposal of the Society, to remove and settle them as free citizens in the new colony.
They were sent off in considerable numbers, for several years.
The result was disastrous.
It threatened speedily to reduce the whole colony to a savage state.
They were not in the moral condition of freedom — they were not prepared for that degree or form of selfgovernment.
They could not be absorbed by the