This class of population was forced upon the colonists against their will in great numbers, and as they existed in all the original States but one, some provision necessarily had to be agreed upon in the Constitution for their recognition and government. The idea is held up by Abolitionists among people not well informed upon this subject, that the African progenitors of the present slave popula-tion in this country were originally stolen from Africa; and hence their present owners and holders are denounced as partakers of stolen property, known to be such.


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