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breasts of the citizens of the north; for it is not only an insult to
common sense, but degrading them to cowards, to suppose, that they
will tamely see their sacred inalienable rights infringed by the exten.
dion of slavery.
Twelve amendments have been made to the constitution. Why
not amend the principle alluded to ? The constitution has provided
ways and means to amend its own defects. Why not embrace this
constitutional privilege, and eradicate this shameful inequality ? Is
is not more eligible to accommodate any misunderstanding that may
exist between the different states, in this way, than to do it by the
force of arms ? Surely this would produce anarchy and intestine
commotion; and who, in such an event, will be the greatest sufferers ?
I answer, and I shudder while I answer, the Oppressors! For how
could they stand witli injured innocence behind them,-their infuriated
slaves; and virtuous patriotism before them,-their insulted fellow
Is a diversity of color a certain proof of a diversity of species ?
No. This argument, if it could prove any thing, would prove too
much. It will be found, upon investigation, that there are among
the nations of mankind, no less than four or five principal colors;
not to say any thing of the various intermediatec shades, which ap-
proach more or less towards each of them. What! are there four
or five species of human beings ? - Is each of the four great quarters
of the world inhabited by a distinct species of men ? Are there to
be found even in the same quarter of the world, human beings of dif.
ferent kinds ?
Besides it appears to be a fixed law of nature, which operates in
all parts of creation, that, if two animals of a different species pair,
the offspring is unable to continue its species. Do not a black Afri-
can and a white American, in instances innumerable, unite ? Cer.
tainly ! Is the mulatto incapable of marriage ? No, he is as capa-
ble of continuing his own color, as his white father is of continuing
his. An irrefragable proof this, that the black and the white inhabi-
tants of our globe constitute one species of beings.
Whence the immense sums, which proprietors of plantations, and
of negroes and mulattoes, receive annually, and spend in magnifi.
cence and luxury ? Whence is all this great treasure ? How is it
raised? By the sweat, the blood, the tears, torments, the lives of
your poor, hungry, naked, oppressed slaves. Are they so infinitely
advantageous to you ? And can you refuse; can you delay to hear
the cry of their oppression, their sweat, and their blood ? Have you
not, as a nation, been long distinguished and famous, for a free, inde-
pendent, generous spirit ? Is your constitution civil and religious,
your glory among the nations of the world ? Do you suffer no slavery
at the North ? Why do you allow it elsewhere ? Do you, year after
year, concert the best measures which your wisdom can devise, for
the prosperity and happiness of your white ci4izens at home and
abroad ? Why overlook, neglect, and oppress, your black subjects ?
Is there, can there be, such merit in one color, and such demerit in
Is industry a source of wealth to a nation ? Slavery must be the
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