To Mr. BENJAMIN BANNEKER.
Philadelphia, August 30, 1792.
I THANK you sincerly for your letter of the 19th instant, and for the almanack
it contained. Nobody wishes more than I do, to see such proofs as you exhibit,
that nature has given to our black brethren, talents equal to those of the other
colours of men, and that the appearance of a want of them is owing merely to
the degraded condition of their existence both in Africa and America. I can
add with truth that nobody wishes more ardently to see a good system commenced
for raising the condition both of their body and mind to what it ought to be,
as fast as the imbecility of their present existence, and other circumstances,
which cannot be neglected, will admit.
I have taken the liberty of sending your almanack to Monsieur de Coudozett,
secretary of the Academy of Sciences at Paris, and member of the Philanthropick
Society, because I considered it as a document to which your whole colour had
a right for their justification against the documents which have been entertained
I am with great esteem, sir,
Your most obedient