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Page 7 of An address to the Presbyterians of Kentucky :proposing a plan for the instruction and emancipation of their slaves / by a committee of the Synod of Kentucky.

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ADDRESS. 7 i s n ot h a t e d b y G o d a n d o u g h t not to be a b h o r r e d a n d abolished b y m a n ? B u t t h e r e a r e c e r t a i n effects, s p r i n g i n g n a t u r a l l y a n d n e c e s s a r i l y out o f s u c h a s y s t e m , w h i c h must also be c o n s i d e r e d i n f o r m i n g a p r o p e r estimate o f its c h a r a c t e r . 1 . Its most s t r i k i n g e ffect i s, to deprave and degrade its subjects by removing from them the strongest natural checks to human corruption. A s there a r e c e r t a i n l a w s impressed u pon the elements, b y w h i c h G o d w o r k s to p r e s e r v e the b e a u t y a n d o r d e r o f the m a t e r i a l c r e a t i o n ; so t h e r e a r e c e r t a i n p r i n c i p l e s o f h u m a n n a t u r e , b y w h i c h he w o r k s to s a v e the m o r a l w o r l d f r o m r u i n . T h e s e p r i n c i p l e s o perate on e v e r y m a n i n his natural condition of f r e e d o m r e s t r a i n i n g h is v i c i o u s propensities, and r e g u l a t i n g his deportment. T h e fires o f innate d e p r a v i t y , w h i c h , i f p e r mitted t o burst f o r t h , w o u l d d e s t r o y the i n d i v i d u a l a n d d esolate s o c i e t y , a r e t h u s , m e a s u r a b l y , repressed ; a n d t he d ecencies a n d e n j o y m e n t s o f life a r e p r e s e r v e d . The w i s d o m and g oodness o f G o d a r e thus seen i n i m p l a n t i n g i n m a n a s ense o f c h a r a c t e r , a desire for p r o p e r t y , a l o v e f or d i s t i n c t i o n , a t hirst f or p o w e r , a n d a z e a l for familyadvancement. A l l these f e e l i n g s , w o r k i n g i n the m i n d o f i n d i v i d u a l s , ( t h o u g h not u n m i x e d w i t h e v i l , ) c o m b i n e to p romote t h e i r o w n happiness, a n d the w e l f a r e o f comrrutn i t i e s ; a n d t h e y a r e i n f e r i o r i n the g ood w h i c h t h e y p r o duce, o n l y to those h i g h r e l i g i o u s p r i n c i p l e s w h i c h c o n s t i tute the i m a g e o f G o d i n the soul o f m a n . T h e presence o f these p r i n c i p l e s o n l y c a n compensate for t h e i r absence. W h e n e v e r , t h e n , these n a t u r a l f eelings are c r u s h e d o r e r a d i c a t e d i n a n y h u m a n b e i n g , he is s t r i p p e d o f the n o b l e r attributes o f h u m a n i t y , a n d is d e g r a d e d into a c r e a t u r e o f m e r e appetite a n d passion. H i s s e n s u a l i t y is t he o n l y c o r d b y w h i c h y o u c a n d r a w h i m . H i s h opes a n d f ears a l l c o n c e n t r a t e u p o n the o bjects o f his appetites. H e s i n k s f a r d o w n t o w a r d a l e v e l w i t h t he beast o f the f ield, a n d c a n be m o v e d to a c t i o n o n l y b y s u c h appeals as i nfluence the l u n a t i c a n d the b r u t e . T h i s is the c o n d i t i o n t o w h i c h s l a v e r y reduces the g r e a t mass o f those w h o w e a r its b r u t a l i z i n g y o k e . Its e ffects u pon their souls a r e f ar w o r s e t h a n its e ffects u p o n t h e i r bodies. Character, p r o p e r t y , destination, p o w e r , a n d f a m i l y r e s p e c t a b i l i t y ,