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We cannot suppose therefore that God has made an order of beings, with such mental qualities and powers, for the sole purpose of being used as beasts, or instruments of labour.
It appears first, that liberty is a natural, and government an adventitious right, because all men were originally free.
Most of the slaves, who were thus unconditionally freed, returned without any solicitation to their former masters, to serve them, at stated wages; as free men. The work, which they now did, was found to better done than before.
Mankind have their local attachments. They have a particular regard for the spot, in which they were born and nurtured.
There are few retreats, that can escape the penetrating eye of avarice.
When mankind first saw the necessity of government, it is probable that many had conceived the desire of ruling.
Neither can men, by the same principles, be considered as lands, goods, or houses, among possessions. It is necessary that all property should be inferiour to its possessor. But how does the slave differ from his master, but by chance?
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The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
March 28, 1760
September 26, 1846
Thomas Clarkson was an English abolitionist, and a leading campaigner against the slave trade in the British Empire.
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