Excerpt from A Charge Delivered on the Banks of the River Niger in West Africa
This abandonment of the Expedition was a heavy blow to the country. It appeared as if the Niger was doomed to remain in perpetual seclusion, and its mighty waters destined to ﬂoat down only human cargoes, aggravating the miseries of the country and her people - as if, instead of becoming a highway through which to convey light, life, and liberty into the heart of the country, it should present as it were an impassable barrier to their introduction, and thus keep the people and country still in the darkness of superstition, ignorance, and Vice, in a most servile and abject degradation and slavery, and in a state of spiritual death, in trespasses and sins.
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