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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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and rode with him.  This is quite as near an approach as any of the 

students made to a person of color.

     There is another consideration that ought to be presented.  It is this, 

the whole was a matter [about] which the public that was so exasperated 

need [have] had no concern.  The public gaurdianship [of the] stu-

dents was wholly gratuitous.  If the studen[ts de]graded themselves 

by associating with [black p[eople] it was their own sacrifice.  

Every man has [a right] to chose his own associates.  If he choses [to] 

degrade let him abide by it; others can withdraw [from] him 

if they think his grade too low for their so[ciety].  There is a 

wonderful propensity in the public [mind to un]dertake the gaur-

dianship of Abolitionists to [crossed out word "poor"] p[revent] them from degra-

ding themselves by associating [with people] of color.  And yet 

the Father of a fam[ily of] mulatto children has been permitted to 

[a seat] in the Senate of the United States with almo[st un-

bounded popularity.  This gives Abolitionists [good] reason to doubt 

the honesty of the gaurdianship [ten]dered them by the public.  

Let any candid p[erson] compare the treatment of the students 

of Lane [Sem]inary with the fact to which allusion has just 


			
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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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