Status: Complete

{F.D.P. 23 June, 1854 p.4 c.1-3}

Should the race then complain, Maryland
may point in her vindication to the
establishment of Maryland in Liberia. Her
(Maryland's) object, her duty, was to provide
a home of refuge. When the poor, unfortu-
nate refugees will receive notice to leave, we
shall be more fully informed, perhaps, when
that great desideratum, the "ebony line of
steamers," shall have got fairly into opera-
tion, and a specious pretext for the notice
shall have been concocted, and sprung upon
the community. In the mean time, the ser-
vices of the M.E. Church in behalf of this
premeditated, cold blooded scheme of per-
secution, must, by all means, be enlisted, as
colored Methodists are very numerous,
and advantage may be taken of the
religious feeling of many of them.—
Nay, a Methodist preacher, who has been in
Africa, must be hired by the Maryland State
Colonization Society to travel through the
state from year to year, to preach, not the
gospel which he professes to have been called
to preach by the Lord Jesus Christ, but col-
, in its most detestable aspects, a
doctrine which I suspect pays better, and is
more congenial to the feelings of the inner
man. We have neither time, space, nor in-
clination, to give a specimen of the peculiar
preaching of this agent as we might do. To
do so would be to show that he is to the free
people of color, what Saul of Tarsus was to
the Jews. It will be sufficient for the present
to give an extract from and "Address deliver-
ed at the Baltimore Annual Conference M.
E. Church, March 15th, 1841, by Rev. John
[S--s] Travelling Agent." Hear him: "I am
no advocate for coercive measures." No, not
you. "I say persuadehim to go." The Con-
ference understood the forcible import of
this soothing term in this connexion, and
doubtless found it difficult to restrain their
risible faculties. He continues: "I cannot
concur with individuals, with bodies of men,
no, nor with legislatures for driving the black
man from this country." This affected dis-
claimer is extorted by the ever present and
very obvious fact that such "driving" will
inevitably result from the successful pro-
pagation of colonization principles and
doctrines. He adds, "Poor fellow at the
very best, America is a sorry home for him
any how. Teach him this; help him to feel
its force and truth, and when he will go, then
help him." Yes, when the "poor fellow" is
thus effectually persuaded and taught, and
helped, his condition will make an angel weep.
The Rev. gentleman proceeds: "But why
should he go? is the question of some, why
not remain here, keep his ground, and con-
tend for his rights, as some mistaken friends
advise him? Because he has no rights. He
is an alien and a foreigner in a strange land.
He is but a sojourner in the White man's
country." Sir, only think of it; this is the
language of a foreigner, one born a British
subject. What unblushing effrontery! I
chain my pen because I am unwilling to com-
ment, in appropriate terms, upon the reck-
less veracity of the Rev. gentleman's de-
clarations. But we interrupt him too fre-
quently, let him continue his speech a little
further: "The laws forbid him from enjoy-
ing equal privileges and immunities with the
lords of the soil. Is not this the fact? Sup-
pose him to be in every other respect quali-
fied to occupy the most prominent and re-
sponsible offices in the community, is not the
color of his skin an insuperable
Do we see him in the halls of legislation
representing his people? Is he allowed to
practice the liberal professions? Tell me
where the Seminary of learning or College
is to be found with a colored principal or

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