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[3] > Page [3] of An address, delivered to the Colonization Society of Kentucky, at Frankfort, December 17, 1829 ... at the request of the Board of Managers. Published at the instance of the Society.

ADDRESS. GENTLEMEN OF T H E COLONIZATION SOCIETY OF K E N T U C K Y : I M O S T s incerely wish that the task of addressing you, on t his o ccasion, had been assigned, by the Board of Managers, to s ome i ndividual m ore competent than l a m to explain and illustrate a nd e nforce t he claims of the Society to the friendly and favorable c onsideration of the public. 1 yield to n one i n a thorough persuasion o f the u tility o f the s cheme o f the Society, in a profound c onviction of its practicability, and in an ardent desire for its complete success. B u t I am sensible that there are many others who c ould more happily than I can, throw around the subject those embellishments which are best c alculated to secure attention, and engage t he cordial and energetic co-operation of the community. W h e n the application was first made to me to deliver this address, I h esitated to comply w ith i t , b ecause I a pprehended that my motives would be misconceived, and my language be misrepresented. S ubsequent reflection determined me to adhere to the m a x i m of m y w hole l ife, to endeavour to render a l l the g ood i n my power, w i t h out being restrained by the misconceptions to which I might expose m yself. In entering upon the duty which has devolved upon m e, I ask only the exercise of ordinary liberality i n judging the i mperfections which w i l l d oubtless mark i t i performance. I n s urveying the United States of North A m e r i c a and their T e r ritories, the beholder perceives, among their inhabitants, three separate and distinct races of men, originally appertaining to three d ifferent continents of the g lobe, e ach race v a r y i n g from the others i n c olor, physical properties, and moral and intellectual endowments. T h e European is the most numerous; and, as well from t hat f act, as from its far greater advance i n civilization and i n the a rts, h as the decided ascendancy over the other two, giving the law to them, controlling their condition, and responsible for their fate to the Great Father of a l l , a nd to the enlightened world. T h e next m ost numerous and most intelligent race, is that which sprung from A f r i c a , the largest portion of which is held i n b ondage b y their b rethren, d escendants of the European. T h e aborigines, or Indian r ace, are the least numerous, and, w ith t he exception of some t ribes, h ave but p artially e merged from the state of barbarism i n which t hey were found on the first discovery of A m e r i c a . Whence, or how t hey c ame h ither, are speculations for the research of the curious, o n which authentic history affords no certain light. T h e i r f uture fortunes or condition, form no part of the subject of t his a ddress. I s hall, I h ope, n evertheless be excused for the d i