the decline of Virginia, of Maryland, of Carolina.
We see it even retarding the growth of the new State of Missouri, and causing her to fill far behind her sister Indiana in improvement and population.
And we venture to assert, that if the objections to slavery, drawn from a correct and enlightened political economy, were once fairly placed before the southern public, they would need no other inducements to impel them to enter upon an immediate and effective course of legislation, with a view to the ultimate extinction of the evil.
But, right or wrong, no people have a greater disinclination to the lectures or even the advice of their neighbors; and we venture to predict, that whoever shall bring about a change of opinion in that quarter, must, in this case, reverse the proverb which declares, that “a prophet hath honor except in his own country.”
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After extolling the Colonization Society, and condemning the formation of anti-slavery societies at the North
, as irritating and useless, the editor proceeds:—‘We hazard the assertion, that there never existed two distinct races—so diverse as to be incapable of amalgamation—inhabiting the same district of country, and in open and friendly contact with each other, that maintained a perfect equality of political and social condition. * * * It remains to be proved, that the history of the nineteenth century will afford a direct contradiction to all former experience. * * * We cannot close without reiterating the expression of our firm conviction, that if the African race are ever to be raised to a degree of comparative happiness, intelligence, and freedom, it must be in some other region than that which has been the theatre of their servitude and degradation.
They must “come up out
of the land of Egypt
and out of the house of bondage;” even though they should be forced to cross the sea in their pilgrimage and wander forty years in the wilderness.’
Again. In 1835, he had not arrived at the Maine Law
, but was feeling his way towards it. He wrote thus:
Were we called upon to indicate simply the course which should be pursued for the eradication of this crying evil, our compliance would be a far easier matter.
We should say, unhesitatingly, that the vending of alcohol, or of liquors of which alcohol forms a leading component, should be regulated by the laws which govern the sale of other insidious, yet deadly, poisons.
It should be kept for sale only by druggists, and dealt out in small portions, and with like regard to the character and ostensible purpose of the applicant