Thoughts and sentiments on the evil of slavery pdf

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One law, and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you; and there fore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them. AS several learned gentlemen of distinguished abilities, as well as eminent for their great humanity, liberality and candour, have written various essays against that infamous traffic of the African Slave Trade, carried on with the West-India planters and merchants, to the great shame and disgrace of all Christian nations wherever it is admitted in any of their territories, or in any place or situation amongst them; it cannot be amiss that I should thankfully acknowledge these truly worthy and humane gentlemen with the warmest sense of gratitude, for their beneficent and laudable endeavours towards a total suppres sion of that infamous and iniquitous traffic of stealing, kid-napping, buying, selling, and cruel ly enslaving men! And they can say with the pious Job, Did not I weep for him that was in trouble; was not my soul grieved for the poor? The kind exertions of many benevolent and humane gentlemen, against the iniquitous traffic of slavery and oppression, has been attended with much good to many, and must redound with great honor to themselves, to humanity and their country; their laudable endeavours have been productive of the most beneficent effects in pre venting that savage barbarity from taking place in free countries at home. In this, as well as in many other respects, there is one class of people whose virtues of probity and humanity are well known who are worthy of universal approbation and imitation, because, like men of honor and humanity, they have jointly agreed to carry on no slavery and savage barbarity among them; and, since the last war, some mitigation of slavery has been obtained in some respective districts of Ame rica, though not in proportion to their own vaunt ed claims of freedom; but it is to be hoped, that they will yet go on to make a further and greater reformation. The longer that men continue in the practice of evil and wickedness, they grow the more abandoned; for nothing in history can equal the barbarity and cruelty of the tortures and mur ders committed under various pretences in mo dern slavery, except the annals of the Inquisition and the bloody edicts of Popish massacres. It is therefore manifest, that something else ought yet to be done; and what is required, is evidently the incumbent duty of all men of en lightened understanding, and of every man that has any claim or affinity to the name of Christian, that the base treatment which the African Slaves undergo, ought to be abolished; and it is more over evident, that the whole, or any part of that iniquitous traffic of slavery, can no where, or in any degree, be admitted, but among those who must eventually resign their own claim to any de gree of sensibility and humanity, for that of bar barians and russians.
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Thoughts and sentiments on the evil and wicked traffic of the slavery: and commerce of the human species, humbly submitted to the inhabitants of Great-Britain, by Ottobah Cugoano, Cugoano, Ottobah.
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