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‘ [21] friends of humanity, but of any human power. Christianity will not do for them here what it will do for them in Africa. This is not the fault of the colored man, nor Christianity; but an ordinal tion of Providence, and no more to be changed than the laws of Nature’1

‘The habits, the feelings, all the prejudices of society—--prejudices which neither refinement, nor argument, nor education, nor religion itself, can subdue—--mark the people of color, whether bond or free, as the subjects of a degradation inevitable and incurable. The African in this country belongs by birth to the very lowest station in society, and from that station he can never rise, be his talents, his enterprise, his virtues what they may. . . . They constitute a class by themselves, a class out of which no individual can be elevated, and below which none can be depressed.’2

‘Is it not wise, then, for the free people of color and their friends to admit, what cannot reasonably be doubted, that the people of color must, in this country, remain for ages, probably forever, a separate and inferior caste, weighed down by causes, powerful, universal, inevitable; which neither legislation nor Christianity can remove’3

6. It opposes strenuously the education of the blacks in this country as useless as well as dangerous.

Proof. ‘If the free colored people were generally taught to read it might be an inducement to ’

1 Last Annual Report of the American Colonization Society.

2 African Repository, vol. IV. pp. 118, 119.

3 Idem, vol. VII. p. 196.

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