My dearly beloved Brethren and Fellow Citizens Having travelled over a considerable portion of these United States, and having in the course of my travels taken the most accurate observation of things as they exist the result of my observations has warranted the full and unshakened conviction, that we (coloured people of these United States) are, the most degraded, wretched and abject set of beings, that ever lived since the world began, and I pray God, that none like us ever may live until time shall be no more. They tell us of the Israelites in Egypt, the Helots in Sparta, and of the Roman Slaves, which last, were made up from almost every nation under heaven, whose suffering under those ancient and heathen nations, were, in comparison with ours, under this enlightened and Christian nation, no more than a cypher or in other words, those heathen nations of antiquity, had but little more among them than the name and form of slavery ;while wretchedness and endless miseries were reserved, apparently in a phial, to be poured out upon our fathers, ourselves, and our children by Christian A mericans. These positions, I shall endeavour, by the help of the Lord, to demonstrate in the course of this appeal, to the satisfaction of the most incredulous mind and may God A lmighty, who is the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, open your hearts to understand and believe the truth. The causes my brethren, which produce our wretchedness and miseries, are so very numerous and aggravating, that I believe the pen only of a Josephus or a Plutarch, can well enumerate and explain them.
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