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

Hartford: L. Skinner, 1841


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to the temple of knowledge. He who can-not lay this stone cannot build. He who does not enter this gate cannot ascend to the interior of the temple. But who lays this stone in a masterly manner, can surely lay another on the top of it, another on the top of that, and so onward, can he not Whoever sees his way through this gate, may pass through the second and then the third, until he finds the gorgeous interior. But this is the way our intellects are im-proved. A man who did not need process, was never known. Adam, though created an adult, was not without the need of maturity. These men talk, however, as if they had never had to learn to say, a, b, c, and bla, and baker. As if they never had to learn how many 2 and 3 make, and what the amount of 5 and 5 is when added together ! 1 mean of course those men who claim an order of intellect superior to that of the writer. Let them remember the rock whence they have been hewn and the hole of the pit whence they were digged.



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