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8 > Page 8 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.

8 ADDRESS. a r e a l l w i t h d r a w n f r o m the r e a c h o f the s l a v e . N o o bject i s p resented to e x c i t e a n d c u l t i v a t e those h i g h e r feelings, w h o s e e x e r c i s e w o u l d repress his passions a n d r e g u l a t e h is a ppetites. T h u s s l a v e r y d e r a n g e s a n d ruins the m o r a l m a c h i n e r y o f m a n i t cuts the s i n e w s o f the s o u l i t e x t r a c t s f r o m h u m a n n a t u r e the salt that purifies a n d p reserves i t , a n d leaves it a c o r r u p t i n g mass o f appetite a n d p assion. 2 . It dooms thousands of human beings to hopeless ignorance. T h e acquisition of knowledge requires exertion ; a nd t he m a n w h o is to c o n t i n u e t h r o u g h life in b o n d a g e , h a s no s t r o n g m o t i v e o f interest to i n d u c e s u c h e x e r t i o n ; f or k n o w l e d g e is not v a l u a b l e to h i m , as to one w h o eats t he fruits o f his o w n l a b o r s . T h e acquisition of k n o w l edge r e q u i r e s also f a c i l i t i e s of b o o k s , t e a c h e r s , a n d t i m e , w h i c h c a n be o n l y a d e q u a t e l y f u r n i s h e d b y m a s t e r s ; a n d t hose w h o desire, to perpetuate s l a v e r y w i l l n e v e r f u r n i s h t hese f a c i l i t i e s . I f s l a v e s a r e e d u c a t e d , it must i n v o l v e s o m e o u t l a y on the p a r t o f the m a s t e r . A n d what r e l i a n c e for s u c h a s a c r i f i c e c a n be p l a c e d on the g e n e r o s i t y a n d v i r t u e o f one, w h o l o o k s o n t h e m as h i s p r o p e r t y , and w h o has been t r a i n e d to c o n s i d e r e v e r y d o l l a r e x p e n d e d on t h e m as lost, unless it c o n t r i b u t e s to i n c r e a s e t h e i r c a p a c i t y for y i e l d i n g h i m v a l u a b l e s e r v i c e ? He w i l l h a v e t h e m t a u g h t to w o r k , a n d w i l l o r d i n a r i l y feed a nd c lothe t h e m so as to enable t h e m to p e r f o r m t h e i r w o r k to a d v a n t a g e . B u t m o r e t h a n t his, i t is inconsistent w i t h o u r k n o w l e d g e of h u m a n n a t u r e to e x p e c t t hat he w i l l d o for t h e m . T h e present state o f i n s t r u c t i o n a m o n g t his r ace^answers e x a c t l y to what wo m i g h t thus n a t u r a l l y anticipate. T h r o u g h o u t o u r w h o k l a n d , so f a r as w e c a n l e a r n , t here is but one s c h o o l i n w h i c h , d u r i n g the w e e k , s laves c a n be t a u g h t . T h e l i g h t o f three o r four S a b b a t h s c h o o l s i s seen, g l i m m e r i n g t h r o u g h the d a r k n e s s that c o v e r s t he b l a c k p o p u l a t i o n o f a w h o l e state. H e r e and t h e r e a f a m i l y is found, w h e r e h u m a n i t y and r e l i g i o n i m p e l t he m a s t e r , mistress, o r c h i l d r e n , to the laborious t ask o f - p r i v a t e i n s t r u c t i o n . G r e a t honor is due to those e n g a g e d i n this p h i l a n t h r o p i c a n d s s l f - d e n y i n g c o u r s e ; a nd t h e i r r e w a r d s h a l l b e r e c e i v e d in the clay when even a c up o f c o l d w a t e r , g i v e n f r o m C h r i s t i a n m otives, s h a l l