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[16] must look to its own statements and admissions; to its Annual Reports; to those of its auxiliaries; to the speeches and writings of its advocates; and to its organ, the African Repository.

1. It excuses slavery and apologizes for slaveholders.

Proof. ‘Slavery is an evil entailed upon the present generation of slave-holders, which they must suffer, whether they will or not’1 ‘The existence of slavery among us, though not at all to be objected to our Southern brethren as a fault,’ etc.2 ‘It (the society) condemns no man because he is a slave-holder.’3 ‘Recognizing the constitutional and legitimate existence of slavery, it seeks not to interfere, either directly or indirectly, with the rights it creates. Acknowledging the necessity by which its present continuance and the rigorous provisions for its maintenance are justified,’ etc.4 ‘They (the Abolitionists) confound the misfortunes of one generation with the crimes of another, and would sacrifice both individual and public good to an unsubstantial theory of the rights of man.’5

2. It pledges itself not to oppose the system of slavery.

Proof. ‘Our society and the friends of colonization wish to be distinctly understood upon this point. From the beginning they have disavowed, ’

1 African Repository, vol. v. p. 179.

2 Second Annual Report of New York Colonization Society.

3 African Repository.

4 African Repository, vol. III. p. 16.

5 African Repository, vol. VII. p. 202.

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