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[349] Africa. One force expands, the other wanes. Yet what a power of mischief this low and waning branch of the human family possesses; a power which wounds and weakens every section of America; setting brother against brother, North against South, the disciples of Brewster against the comrades of Raleigh, and the children of Oglethorpe against the descendants of Penn.

This question-“ How, in our advance towards a higher plane of freedom, culture, and refinement, shall we treat those races on our soil which stand on the lowest stages of freedom, culture, and refinement?” --has already wrecked a third part of America, putting back for unknown terms of years the noble work which the Republic inherited from her English founders — that of planting and peopling this continent with Free States.

“ Born in the South, and trained to look on slavery as a domestic system, I was always of opinion that the Slave Question was a passing evil,” says a companion of the quarter deck.

“A passing evil? You think it would have passed away?”

“It would assuredly have passed away.”

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