Letters to the Hon. William Jay: Being a Reply to His "Inquiry Into the American Colonization and American Anti-slavery Societies."

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Leavitt, Lord & Company, 1835 - African Americans - 120 pages

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Page 78 - And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought : 39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
Page 57 - Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me : if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right ; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.
Page 66 - Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.
Page 41 - The effect of this Institution, if its prosperity shall equal our wishes, will be alike propitious to every interest of our domestic Society; and should it lead, as we may fairly hope it will, to the slow, but gradual abolition of slavery, it will wipe from our political Institutions the only blot which stains them...
Page 39 - Africa, and Turkey, — we have heard of the feudal slavery under which the peasantry of Europe have groaned from the days of Alaric, until now ; but, excepting only the horrible system of the West India Islands, we have never heard of slavery in any country, ancient or modern, Paga'n, Mohammedan, or Christian, so terrible in its character, so pernicious in its tendency, so remediless in its anticipated results, as the slavery which exists in these United States.
Page 52 - Slavery, in its mildest form, is an evil of the darkest character. Cruel and unnatural in its origin, no plea can be urged in justification of its continuance, but the plea of necessity...
Page 52 - They must penetrate the human soul, and eradicate the light of reason and the love of liberty. Then, and not till then, when universal darkness and despair prevail, can you perpetuate slavery, and repress all sympathies, and all humane and benevolent efforts among freemen, in behalf of the unhappy portion of our race doomed to bondage.
Page 22 - ... 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.

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