TO MY MOTHERLAND.
which could be so used, but not all the year. The
sugar-cane I have seen every where.
There is certainly no more industrious people any
where, and I challenge all the world besides to pro¬
duce a people more so, or capable of as much endu¬
rance. Those who believe, among other foolish
things, that the Negro is accustomed lazily to spend
his time baskmg in the sunshine, like black-snakes or
alligators, should go and see the people they malign.
There are, doubtless, among them, as among every
other race, not excepting.the Anglo-American, indo¬
lent people, but this says nothing more against the one
than the other. Labor is cheap, but is rising in value
from the increased demand for it.
The following is a copy of the treaty we concluded
with the native authorities of Abbeokuta:
This Treaty made between his Majesty Okukenu, Alake;
Somoye, Ibashorun; Sokenu, Ogubonna, and Atambala, on
the first part; and Martin Robison Delany and Robert
Campbell, of the Niger Valley Exploring Party, Commis¬
sioners from the African race of the United States and the
Canadas in America, on the second paii, covenants: