A SCHOOL HISTORY OF THE
contest, would have gladly sacrificed everything to
the attainment of its object, has long since subsided,
and every selfish passion has taken its place. It is
not the public but private interest which influences
the generality of mankind, nor can the Americans
any longer boast an exception. Under these cir¬
cumstances it would rather have been surprising
if you had succeeded, nor will you,. I fear, have
better success in Georgia."
Col. Laurens was killed in battle, but he had not
entirely abandoned his plan of enlisting the slaves.
But in spite of the recommendations of Congress,
he could not succeed, for the States of South Caro¬
lina and Georgria coveted their slaves too much to
allow this entering wedge to their ultimate freedom.
Had his plan been carried out, slavery would prob¬
ably have been abolished as soon at the South as at
the North. The Negroes who would have come
out of the war of the Revolution would have set
themselves to work to relieve the condition of their
brethren in shackles.
Connecticut Failed to endorse the enlistment of
Negroes by its Legislature, but Mr Williams in his
history gives the roster of a company of Negroes in
that State, numbering fifty-seven, with David Hum¬
phreys, Captain. White officers refused to serve in
the company. David Humphreys continued at the
head of this force until the war closed.