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to to - a In of I - - it - NEGRO EMAyCIPATWX. TO 'THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES. The West Indian may justly charge the anti - colonial party with inconsbtencr and a breach of faith upon thb important subject. In support of thb assertion, the two following extracts msy be quoted. If it be said that they are comprised in the reports of distinct societies, it may be answered, that both bodies are governed by the same President, and that of tne 21 Vice - Presidents of the Sodety for the Abo. lition of Slavery. 17 of that number are Directors r Vice - Presidents of the African Institution. The latter society, in the 15th report, refer with approbation to the proceedings of the other ; and Mr. Stephen, a Vice - President of both, stated, on the 16th of May last, that though the object of the two institutions were different, there was a dose affinity between thetru (P. xlvL) 44 Mr. Wilberforce, in common with all the most distinguished advocates of the abolition, b anxious to show, tlut a mere cessation of the importation of slaves cannot occasion those dingers which might justly be apprehended from the sudden emancipation of men, most of whom must be destitute of those habita which are necessary for enabling them to act with propriety as freemen. 44 It b wdl known that the friends of abolition are the less inclined to recommend any hasty or violent measure for emanripa - tion, because therare convinced, that if new importations of slaves be completely and effectually prevented, this of itself must produce a material and progressive improvement in the condition of those already on the colonies, so as to lead in time to their emandpation. Through a similar progress, the peasantrr of our own countrr. and of the greater part of Europe, have risen from the condition of serfs to that of free labourers, by means of a number of indulgences granted from time to time by the masters themselves, merel from a regard to their own interest. Experience taught them that it was better policy to bribe their slaves to be industrious, than to attempt compulsion ; ami, from this motive, one privilege has been in of conferred after another, tiH in the end all that dbtingubhed the ' Li?condition of a lave ha been annih lated. The same causes will produce the same effects in the H est Indies as m Europe ; and however slow this progresamay be supposed to be, history demon - strates that it is sure and invariable; for, along with the advance - ment of civilization, domestic slaverr has disappeared in every countrr where it has not been kept alive either br the practice of ; n enslaving prisoners taken in war, or by the importation of slaves ftom countries where that practice ubMat." Spt - ciat Report i.f the Dirrctwtpftlx African Institution, of the Vith of April, 1815, I page 130. VTL tiaawa elnaa Krirtah alaitrat Inla tawaai akAltahavf nMK.Idtt . w utAJ ai ViiwoM - v n - ii. won brv.uuvt wuuucUi C '". tArniiucui ex - pectation waa entertained trut the certain result of that measure ion ofthecolonul, would be the rapid mitigation and final extinction V Arrm vrliff, k.t (npiin. fr im it nal hiK It. m..! t : euaFrVd fcMe.'' ' """"" ajrss.crt.t vcaiT iivxrtii uav. uuw a9A eu,te rsiic uriilftJl tVLaVTe f trade was abolished; but during that long period, what effectual I steps have been taken, either m thi country or in the colonies, for V iim'iraung me nguurs ui is rgro Doouagc, or ior puuing an end to that condition of sodety ? 44 Shall the friends of the African race be now reproached for waiting no longer, when the real ground of reproach is that they have waited so long ?" Is it not obvious from the first report, that a few years ago the abolitionist wcte far from contemplating emandpation otherwise than as a very remote result ? In referring to the gradual and almost insensible improvement which marked the progress of the enslaved serf towards liberty, they clearly demonstrated what was then the extent ef their views. Yours, &c S. D. Extraetsd from Prospectus, he, nt the Society for tbe Abolition of Slavery Vid Preface to the Debate of tha lith ol Ma;, 1823. II. iviqg 19.1 V

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