more or less proportioned to the demand.
The demand exists in negro slavery; the supply arises from the African slave-trade.
And what greater convenience could the African slave-traders desire than shops well stored along the coast with the very articles which their trade demands.
That the African slave-traders do get thus supplied at Sierra Leone
is matter of official evidence; and we know, from the nature of human things, that they will get so supplied, in defiance of all law or precaution, as long as the demand calls for the supply, and there are free shops stored with all they want at hand.
The shopkeeper, however honest, would find it impossible always to distinguish between the African slave-trader or his agents and other dealers.
And how many shopkeepers are there anywhere that would be over scrupulous in questioning a customer with a full purse’
But we are told that the Colonization Society is to civilize and evangelize Africa
‘Each emigrant,’ says Henry Clay
, the ablest advocate which the society has yet found, ‘is a missionary, carrying with him credentials in the holy cause of civilization, religion, and free institutions.’
Beautiful and heart-cheering idea!
But stay: who are these emigrants, these missionaries
The free people of color.
‘They, and they only,’ says the African Repository
, the society's organ, ‘are qualified for colonizing Africa
What are their qualifications Let the society answer in its own words:—