An Essay on the Causes of the Variety of Complexion and Figure in the Human Species: To which are Added, Animadversions on Certain Remarks Made on the First Edition of this Essay, by Mr. Charles White ... Also, Strictures on Lord Kaim's Discourse on the Original Diversity of Mankind. And an Appendix

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J. Simpson and Company, 1810 - Anthropology - 411 pages

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Page 264 - And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.
Page 257 - Misery is often the parent of the most affecting touches in poetry. — Among the blacks is misery enough, God knows, but no poetry.
Page 245 - Comparing them by their faculties of memory, reason, and imagination, it appears to me that in memory they are equal to the whites ; in reason much inferior, as I think one could scarcely be found capable of tracing and comprehending the investigations of Euclid : and that in imagination they are dull, tasteless, and anomalous.
Page 246 - Most of them indeed have been confined to tillage, to their own homes, and their own society: yet many have been so situated that they might have availed themselves of the conversation of their masters; many have been brought up to the handicraft arts, and from that circumstance have always been associated with the whites.
Page 2 - cast out an orphan of nature, naked and helpless, into the savage forest, must have perished before he could have learned how to supply his most immediate and urgent wants. Suppose him to have been created, or to have started into being, one knows not how, in the full strength of his bodily powers, how long must it have been before he could have known the proper use of his limbs, or how to apply them to climb the tree ?
Page 248 - I am not prepared either to deny or affirm. 1 am inclined, however, to ascribe the apparent dullness of the negro principally to the wretched state of his existence first in his original country, where he is at once a poor and abject savage, and subjected to an atrocious despotism; and afterwards in those regions to which he is transported to finish his days in slavery, and toil. Genius, in order to its cultivation, and the advantageous display of its...
Page 313 - By confounding the language of men, and fcattering them abroad upon thp face of all the earth, they were rendered favages. And to harden them for their new habitations, it was neceflary that they mould be divided into different kinds, fitted for different climates.

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