A Treatise on the Capability of Our Eastern Possessions to Produce Those Articles of Consumption, and Raw Material for British Manufacture, for which We Chiefly Depend on Foreign Nations: And the Incalculable Advantages of a Free Trade to and Settlement in India, to All Classes of His Majesty's Subjects

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Smith, Elder, 1829 - 37 pages

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Page 18 - Slaves cannot breathe in England ; if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are free ; They touch our country, and their shackles fall.
Page 18 - I would not have a slave to till my ground, To carry me, to fan me while I sleep, And tremble when I wake, for all the wealth That sinews bought and sold have ever earn'd.
Page 17 - With stripes that mercy with a bleeding heart Weeps when she sees inflicted on a beast ! Then what is man ? And what man seeing this, And having human feelings, does not blush And hang his head, to think himself a man ? / 1 would not have a slave to till my ground...
Page 17 - Then what is man? And what man seeing this, And having human feelings, does not blush, And hang his head to think himself a man?
Page 15 - I have not unquestionable authority. The following fact rests on the evidence of my own senses. At a dining party of five or six gentlemen, I heard one of the guests (who is reputed a respectable planter) say, in the course of conversation, that he shot at one of his slaves last year, with intent to kill him, for running away; that, on another occasion, finding that two runaway slaves had taken refuge on his plantation, he invited some of his friends out of town to dinner and a frolic; that after...
Page 15 - General invites the communication of all suggestions tending to promote any branch of national industry ; to improve the commercial intercourse by land and water ; to amend any defects in the existing establishments; to encourage the diffusion of education and useful knowledge ; and to advance the general prosperity and happiness of the British empire in India.
Page 15 - Does not your blood curdle ? Yet he did not appear to be sensible that he was telling any thing extraordinary, nor to understand the silence of astonishment and horror. I could extend this sad recital ; but why should I harrow up your feelings? No incident could supply, indeed imagination could scarcely conceive, a more striking and decisive proof than is afforded by the last anecdote, of the degree to which the Negro is degraded in the public estimation. If any place is allotted to him in the scale...
Page 23 - Whitwell, in his evidence before the Committee of the House of Lords in 1878, said, " We certainly do not get the opinions of lodgers and unmarried men.
Page 16 - Trade," that under the existing laws, if a " Free Coloured man travels without passports certifying his right to his liberty, he is generally apprehended, and frequently plunged (with his progeny) into slavery by the operation of the laws.
Page 15 - He took his seat on the trunk of a tree to inspect them, with his gun in his hand to shoot the first who should shrink. About twelve o'clock at night he fell asleep. The slaves seized his gun, shot him, and burnt him to ashes on the fires which he was compelling them to make at midnight, of the wood they were employed in clearing. The case was so glaring, and the planter's cruelty so notorious, that the matter was hushed up as well as it could be, and the slaves were not punished ; though while at...

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