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AN

INQUIRY

INTO THE

CHARACTER AND TENDENCY

OF THE

AMERICAN COLONIZATION,

AND

AMERICAN ANTI-SLA VERY

SOCIETIES.

BY WILLIAM JA Y.

"Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely, according

to my conscience, above all liberties."--MUTON.

FOURTH EDITION.

NEW YORK:

PUBLISHED BY R. G. WILLIAMS,
FOR THE AMERICAN ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY,

143, NASSAU STREET.

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Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1835, by WILLIAM JAY, is the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New York.

PREFACE.

No allusion has been made, in the following pages, to certain popular objections to the Colonization Society ; for have any cases of individual cruelty been cited, to illustrate the evils of slavery. It is proper, that the reasons for this departure from the ordinary mode of dişçussing these two subjects, should be given, that they may not be misunderstood.

The objections I have omitted to notice, are, the mortality to which the emigrants are exposed, in consequence of the climate of Liberia ; the demoralizing traftic, which the colonists have carried on with the natives, in zum and military stores; and the improvident application of the funds.of the Society, which has ;rendered it bankrupt.

These objections, serious as they are in themselves, are not inseparable from the system of Colonization, Another and more salubrious site, may be selected; the traffic complained of, may be discontinued; and the fiscal affairs of the Society, may hereafter be managed with prudence and economy. But there are inherent evils in the system, and it is important that the public attention should not be diverted from these evils, by the contemplation of others, which are only accidental.

So, also, it is important, that the sinfulness of slavery, should not be merged in that of its unauthorized abuses. Many contend for the lawfulness of slavery who readily

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