body politic, without imparting their character to the body.
The full measure of their golden dreams was simply liberty to do nothing.
We need only glance at the results.
, at that time Governor of the colony, remonstrated, in official communications, with the Colonization Society in this country: the officers generally, and other eminent citizens, also remonstrated in private letters to their friends — all begging to be spared the calamities that awaited them from so great an influx of population, evidently unprepared for freedom, and praying that they might be strengthened, as heretofore, by a judicious selection of persons in some degree, at least, qualified for civil liberty!
If the colonization experiment has proved the capacity of the African, under suitable developments, for self-government, (which, in our view, it has very satisfactorily done,) it has proved, with equal clearness, that without those developments he is wholly unfit for it; and that the masses of the race are, as yet, undeveloped, and consequently unfit for political sovereignty.
These facts are open to the observation of all men. They strongly rebuke the restless agitators of the country.
They clearly confirm our position that the Africans in America
are not, as yet, in the moral condition for freedom.
I have proved