An Essay on the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species by Thomas Clarkson

By Thomas Clarkson

Because the topic of the subsequent paintings has thankfully develop into of overdue a topick of dialog i will not start the preface in a way extra passable to the emotions of the benevolent reader than via giving an account of these humane and valuable individuals who've endeavoured to attract upon it that proportion of the publick awareness which it has received.

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We had got up our anchor at the beginning of the fray, and now stood close in to the spot, where the victors having followed the vanquished into the water, were continually dragging out and murdering those, whom by reason of their wounds they easily overtook. The very children, whom they took in great numbers, did not escape the massacre. Enraged at their barbarity, we fired our guns loaden with grape shot, and a volley of small arms among them, which effectually checked their ardour, and obliged them to retire to a distance from the shore; from whence a few round cannon shot soon removed them into the woods.

Footnote 040: Ammianus Marcellinus. L. 31. C. 2. et. ] [Footnote 041: Agri pro Numero Cultorum ab universis per vicos occupantur, quos mox inter se secundum dignationem partiuntur. Tacitus. C. 26. de Mor. ] ***** CHAP. II. As we have thus traced the situation of man from unbounded liberty to subordination, it will be proper to carry our inquiries farther, and to consider, who first obtained the preeminence in these primoeval societies, and by what particular methods it was obtained. There were only two ways, by which such an event could have been produced, by compulsion or consent.

It must be answered from the presumption before-mentioned, “by the right of reparation, or of punishment:” an answer plainly absurd and contradictory, as it supposes the aggressor to have a right, which the injured only could possess. Neither is the argument less fallacious than the presumption, in applying these principles, which in a publick war could belong to the publick only, to the persons of the individuals that were taken. This calls us again to the history of the ancients, and, as the rights of reparation and punishment could extend to those only, who had been injured, to select a particular instance for the consideration of the case.

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