which denies God in the abuse and degradation of man, will settle over the land, to be broken only by the upheaving earthquake of eternal retribution.
To the members of the religious Society of Friends, I would earnestly appeal.
They have already done much to put away the evil of slavery in this country and Great Britain
The blessings of many who were ready to perish have rested upon them.
But their faithful testimony must be still steadily upborne, for the great work is but begun.
Let them not relax their exertions, nor be contented with a lifeless testimony, a formal protestation against the evil.
Active, prayerful, unwearied exertion is needed for its overthrow.
But above all, let them not aid in excusing and palliating it. Slavery has no redeeming qualities, no feature of benevolence, nothing pure, nothing peaceful, nothing just.
Let them carefully keep themselves aloof from all societies and all schemes which have a tendency to excuse or overlook its crying iniquity.
True to a doctrine founded on love and mercy, ‘peace on earth and good will to men,’ they should regard the suffering slave as their brother, and endeavor to ‘put their souls in his soul's stead.’
They may earnestly desire the civilization of Africa
, but they cannot aid in building up the colony of Liberia
so long as that colony