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

Hartford: L. Skinner, 1841

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a man in bodily form and instinct, yet the grand point cannot be passed. A mere animal is not a man because it has no intellect, and it never can be identical with man because it cannot be, by any possible process, supplied with intellect ; and man can-not become a mere animal because he can-not be divested of intellect. If I am required to say what I intend by intellect, I reply, I mean those powers of the human soul, as distinct from mere instinct, which alone enable man to reason and reflect. Now if the absence of intellectual intelligence in the brute constitutes the difference between man and brute, then intellectual intelligence cannot be predicable of a brute or mere animal in any possible degree. And if the possession of intellectual intelligence be that thing which raises man above the brute or mere animal, this must be the dividing line ; nor can we conceive of more than one such line. To talk about another dividing line is to talk about a species be-

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