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A Text Book of the Origin and History of the Colored People

Hartford: L. Skinner, 1841


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the benefit of white intellect. Thus they beg the question. They either do this, or else immodestly deny that to be intellectual worth, which is admitted to be such by judges as respectable as themselves. Thus Mr. Jefferson says that the Dunciad are divinities compared with the muse of Philis Wheatly! He also reproaches a respect-able colored writer of London, of having too much imagination ! But has a horse any imagination ? They also make false issues to avoid the force of these cases. Thus Francis Williams, of the island of Jamaica, born of African parents, was educated at the University of Cambridge, in mathematics and the languages, became a successful teacher and a poet. But they dispose of his case by saying he was so and so to his parents ! As if the want of filial piety proved the absence of intellect.

I have only to regret that Mr. Jefferson has so plainly discovered to the world the adverse influence of slavery on his great mind. 0 that he had reflected for a mo-



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