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Review of the Statement of the Faculty of Lane Seminary in Relation to the Recent Difficulties in that Institution
			
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have gladly availed themselves of their services.  Such is the suscept-

ibility of improvement in human nature that no race of people can 

be dangerous and useless but by the fault of the government.  

A race of Hottentots brought into the United States and mingled 

with the inhabitants might soon be elevated to usefulness.  All 

that is useless or dangerous in the free people of color is the 

reproach of our nation.  It will be objected that their color is so 

different that intermarriage cannot with propriety take place, and 

of course, that equality can never exist which will render the 

union safe under the same government.  To this it may be 

replied that marriage is not necessary to civil equality.  The 

Friends prohibit intermarriages to within the limits their own Society; yet 

they and others with whom they will not marry stand upon 

perfect equality in civil rights.  There is indeed a vast var-

iety of grades in civil society that never intermarry, and al-

most never without disturbance, and yet all are equal in civil 

rights. -- The distinction of color, while it implies no inferiority 

on either side, forms sufficient reason why there should not be


			
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John Rankin Papers

Review of the Statement of the Faculty of Lane Seminary in Relation to the Recent Difficulties in that Institution


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