Walker's Appeal, with a Brief Sketch of His Life eBook

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FOOTNOTES: 

[12] See Butler’s History of the United States, vol. 1, page 24.  See also, page 25.

[13] See the Acts of the Apostles, chap. x. v.—­25—­26.

[14] See Revelation, chap. xxii. v. 11.

[15] Slavery and oppression.

[16] See St. Matthew’s Gospel, chap, xxviii. v. 18—­19—­20.  After Jesus was risen from the dead.

ARTICLE IV.

OUR WRETCHEDNESS IN CONSEQUENCE OF THE COLONIZING PLAN.

My dearly beloved brethren:—­This is a scheme on which so many able writers, together with that very judicious colored Baltimorean, have commented, that I feel my delicacy about touching it.  But as I am compelled to do the will of my master, I declare, I will give you my sentiments upon it.  Previous, however, to giving my sentiments, either for or against it, I shall give that of Mr. Henry Clay together with that of Mr. Elias B. Caldwell, Esq. of the District of Columbia, as extracted from the National Intelligencer, by Dr. Torrey, author of a series of “Essays on Morals, and the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.”

At a meeting which was convened in the District of Columbia, for the express purpose of agitating the subject of colonizing us in some part of the world, Mr. Clay was called to the chair, and having been seated a little while, he rose and spake in substance, as follows:  Says he—­[17]

“That class of the mixt population of our country [coloured people] was peculiarly situated; they neither enjoyed the immunities of freemen, nor were they subjected to the incapacities of slaves, but partook, in some degree, of the qualities of both.  From their condition, and the unconquerable prejudices resulting from their colour, they never could amalgamate with the free whites of this country.  It was desirable, therefore, as it respected them, and the residue of the population of the country, to drain them off.  Various schemes of colonization had been thought of, and a part of our continent, it was supposed by some, might furnish a suitable establishment for them.  But, for his part, Mr. C. said, he had a decided preference for some part of the coast of Africa.  There ample provision might be made for the colony itself, and it might be rendered instrumental in the introduction into that extensive quarter of the globe, of the arts, civilization, and Christianity.”

[Here I ask Mr. Clay, what kind of Christianity?  Did he mean such as they have among the Americans—­distinction, whip, blood and oppression?  I pray the Lord Jesus Christ to forbid it.]

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