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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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consent to go to Africa.  And some holding the sacred office have de-

clared that they would free them upon no other condition.  This doctrine 

I pronounce unsound and the practice of it unjust.  Freedom is the right 

of the slave, and the master has no right to impose any such condition.

     Another doctrine, worse still is gaining ground.  It is that the 

colored people are not sufficiently informed to chose what is best 

for themselves, and that they ought to be compelled to go to Africa.  

Many colonizationists now avow it openly.  And thus there is danger 

that the society will grow up into one of the most dreadful systems 

of cruelty that have ever afflicted the world.  The late cruel 

enactments of the legislature of Maryland are to be attributed 

to the influence of these doctrines.

     4. It tendency is unfavorable

     The tendency of its doctrines is to perpetuate slavery.  This 

is doubtless the very opposite of its original design.  Let the doctrine 

prevail that the people of color cannot be free among us, and 

that they ought not to be liberated until they can be removed to 

Africa, and the society may go on to a thousand generations, but 

it will never carry off as much as the increase.  The slaveholding 

states will contribute just so much to colonization as will 

make the society a safety valve.  And slaveholders from generation


			
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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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