22 A SCHOOL HISTORY OF THE
this untaught arithmetician, this untutored scholar.
Had his opportunities of improvement been equal
to those of a thousand of his fellow-men, neither the
Royal Society of London, the Academy of Sciences
at Paris, nor even a Newton himself need have been
ashamed to acknowledge him a brother in science."
How many of his kind might there have been
had the people of Jamestown seen fit to give the
Negroes who came to their shores a laborer's and
emigrant's chance rather than enslaving them!
Much bloodshed and dissension might thus have
been avoided, and the honor of the nation never
besmirched with human bondage.