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ple of possessions which they were unfit to manage, will never be forgotten.

But I am greatly rejoiced to hear through you the voice of the Church. For though the Northern Church while secretly sympathizing with you, maintains a wise silence, and dissuades from all agitation on the subject of Slavery, this open support of the Southern Church, commits her and the total body of the Lord's anointed to the defence of the institution. Thus in part openly supporting slavery, and in part conniving at it, the Church can be seen, as it were, in the very act of arraying herself in her beautiful garments; and though infidels may fancy they discover in them a resemblance to the color of the robes of the Scarlet Woman, we, who belong to the generation of the saints, know that this notion is altogether a mistake.

Aided by your prayers and sympathies, I shall go on in this noble cause; and I trust that during my Administration, Slavery will be so far nationalized, that the substantial power of the government will have passed finally and forever from the People, to the aristocracy of Slaveholders.

I beg you to receive my thanks for this open avowal of the real sentiments of the Church, and to be assured that while you shall receive the benefit of my prayers, the virtue of which is doubtless very great, you shall never see me faint in a cause like this.

VI.

THE COLONIZERS.

The main Obstacle to the Colonization of the African is his bondage.

CERTAIN good people of the free North, who were overflowing with benevolence, and in lack of any field of labor where it might find adequate vent, cast about for an object of charity. After diligent search their attention was drawn to the miseries of the African, and they resolved to pour out upon him all the milk of their humanity. And thinking that a man's natural home was the place where his ancestors were born, they went about the free North persuading the colored people that their home was the country whence their fathers were stolen. And while they persuaded the colored people to leave for this distant home, they cultivated the prejudices of the Anglo-Saxons, telling them that there was an ineradicable antipathy between the two races, which might one day dissolve in universal amalgamation. Others they influenced by representing barbarous Africa as a vast field for missionary enterprises, where the Cross might gain unheard-of victories. Thus by vigorous exertion of speech and pen, they built up a vast society to send African

Americans to a pleasant home among savages of their own race, who erect pyramids of human heads.

Now, when the society was fully formed, they convened in the city of the Capitol; and, before a large assembly, a colonizer stood up and spoke, saying: The process of removing natives of one country to their natural home in a foreign land, must necessarily be attended with some difficulties. The African labors under the illusion in all parts of our country, that he has a right to remain where he was born. Hardly can we persuade him that it is only the Anglo-Saxon who has a natural right to remain in the land of his nativity. It requires an immense outlay of Scriptural demonstration and profound discourses on the pedigree of the children of Ham, to bring him to a just sense of the rights and pretensions of our white race. But I would inform the audience, that by the aid of Scripture, and menaces, and invitations, we are making great impressions upon them. Granite does not wear away more rapidly under the continual dropping of oil, than the prejudices of the colored people against their natural home in a foreign land, vanishes under our preaching. No ocean was ever dipped dry with a thimble, sooner than we shall drain America of colored people by our scheme of colonizing. We may expect that in less than the combined lifetime of forty of the oldest of the ante-deluvian patriarchs, not a negro will be found this side of the Atlantic. Then look at the consequences upon Africa herself. Invaded by regiments of barbers, and

boot-blacks, chimney-sweeps and kitchen-maids, cooks and hostlers, all soldiers of the Cross, how must the light of Christianity inundate that ill-fated land! The vision is too intoxicating to dream of! In Soudan a cook enters the service of some savage despot, serves up a dish of colored human flesh, tickles the palate of his majesty, exerts a moral in. fluence, and before he is aware, the despot is humbled at the foot of the Cross! In Guinea, a colonized boot-black, taken captive a second time by a slavedealer, puts an extra touch on his master's boot, drops in it a leaf from the American Tract Society, and forthwith the trader abandons his unholy occupation, returns with a few servants to America, and settles on a plantation in Alabama, an exemplary Christian! By such instrumentalities, and in such miraculous ways, is Africa to be redeemed. Not many geological epochs hence, and there will not be an unconverted heathen in that dark land,-not a colored man in America.

Then arose a Slaveholder and said: I am afraid I must mar the beautiful vision which the brother has just presented. He has spoken of the prejudice of the colored people against removal to Africa, as being an obstacle in the way of colonization. Let me tell him, that he will find us Slaveholders a greater obstacle than the prejudice of the negro. We know the value of the colored race in dollars and cents. Does he think we shall suffer them to be removed to Africa for any reason? Not at all. We have no horror of amalgamation, as half our plantations witness, and we care nothing of spread

ing the Gospel in Africa. We prefer rather that whole ship-loads should be brought here as slaves, and christianized by the discipline of the plantation. The natural road of the colored man to paradise, in our estimation, leads through the cotton-field and rice-swamp. Therefore colonization must stop, before it touches the slave. Colonize the free negro, if you will, but do not touch the bondman. This is the only legitimate province for the operations of your society. Thus you may be helpful to us. For we dislike the contagion of the presence of free negroes, among our slaves. Indeed, the first idea of colonization originated in our endeavors to remove this hateful class, and we think the movement should not extend to a class for which it was not originally intended.

In prosecuting the scheme of colonization, you may, therefore, if you choose, represent it in the North, as a plan to Christianize Africa, and to remove there all negroes: but in the South do not mention the idea of removing all, but only the free ones. The Slaveholder cares not a straw for your Society, except as it rids him of the embarrassment of the contamination of his slaves by the presence of freemen.

When this was heard, the assembly acquiesced, and ever after that the Society wore two faces;one for the North, and the other for the South.

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