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‘Free blacks are a greater nuisance than even slaves themselves.’1

‘A horde of miserable people—--the objects of universal suspicion—subsisting by plunder.’2

‘An anomalous race of beings the most debased upon earth.’3

‘Of all classes of our population the most vicious is that of the free colored.’4

I might go on to quote still further from the ‘credentials’ which the free people of color are to carry with them to Liberia. But I forbear.

I come now to the only practicable, the only just scheme of emancipation: Immediate abolition of slavery; an immediate acknowledgment of the great truth, that man cannot hold property in man; an immediate surrender of baneful prejudice to Christian love; an immediate practical obedience to the command of Jesus Christ: ‘Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so to them.’

A correct understanding of what is meant by immediate abolition must convince every candid mind that it is neither visionary nor dangerous; that it involves no disastrous consequences of bloodshed and desolation; but, on the contrary, that it is a safe, practicable, efficient remedy for the evils of the slave system.

The term immediate5 is used in contrast with

1 African Repository, vol. II. p. 328.

2 C. F. Mercer.

3 African Repository, vol. VII. p. 230.

4 Tenth Annual Report of the Colonization Society.

5 Rev. Dr. Thomson, of Edinburgh, thus speaks of it: ‘Were I to treat the term gradual as some of our enemies have the term immediate, I could easily, by the help of a little quibbling, bring you to the conclusion that, as hitherto employed, it means that the abolition of slavery will never take place.’ ‘The meaning of the word as used by us is perfectly clear; it is to be considered and understood under the direction of common sense, and as modified and expounded by the statements with which it is associated.’

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