of the same blood. He is the common Father of all,
and no man has a right to oppress another. Whoso¬
ever does so will undoubtedly receive the severest pun¬
ishment of a future state. It is a distinct and promi¬
nent part of this race, domiciled in the limits of South
Carolina, that this book is to treat upon. But it is
but justice for us to make a few remarks upon the char¬
acter of our ancient ancestors and their land. Jt is
said in Scripture that Nimrod, son of Cush, was' the
first monarch. So the first mortal that wore a royal
diadem, was a negro. He it was who built the first
city (Babylon) from the ruins of the Tower of Babel.
He it was, who reared the first political government
the world ever saw. It was the colored race that fed
the ancient world with the corn of its ancient granary.
For Moses says in the twelfth chapter of Genesis:
"And there was a famine in the land: and~*Abram
went down into Egypt to sojourn there ; for the fam¬
ine was grevious in the land."