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

Hartford: L. Skinner, 1841


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Zimmerman, Blumenbach, Samering, and Imlay. And besides all, common sense. It is a saying of the Rev. Dr. Taylor, professor of didactic theology in Yale College, that he " would go down Niagara with common sense." Taking his proper meaning, I go with him. Common sense is so good a thing that it never would carry any man down that watery precipice. If he went he would have to go without it. I would far sooner be a black man with common sense, than a white man with a head full of nonsense.

Skin is a poor passport to true greatness. Dr. Rush has supposed 'that. the color of the skin has been caused by a disease which has become hereditary. He refers to the experiment of Beddoes, by which he nearly whitened the hand of a colored man, by immersing it in oxygenated muriatic acid. I should be very slow to break temper with such a man as Dr. Rush, but this must be regarded as a far fetch. I have known the hands and sundry other parts



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