in a former lecture that political sovereignty is not a natural but an acquired right
. The facts here adduced demonstratively prove that they have not yet acquired this right, and that therefore it cannot be justly claimed for them.
But more than this — they afford the strongest presumption (and further than the presumption in its favor, I do not design to notice this topic at this time) that the emancipation of the slaves, in their present moral condition, confers no benefit upon them, but is calculated to inflict a deep injury both upon them and upon society.
It is a general, and indeed an almost universal Opinion in the South
, that any thing like a system of emancipation, whether direct or gradual, by which the number of free colored persons should be materially increased in the Southern States
, would inevitably be followed by their indiscriminate massacre
, as the only means of
abating an insufferable nuisance, unless the citizens were to forsake the soil in favor of a barbarous horde.
Such an opinion, (I may repeat,) so generally entertained by so large a community of enlightened and virtuous citizens, who are in immediate proximity with the race, and acquainted with their character from early life, taken in connection with the historical facts here enumerated, affording to any mind so clear a proof of the correctness of