The Debate on a Motion for the Abolition of the Slave-trade, in the House of Commons, Monday the Second of April, 1792: Reported in Detail

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Page 19 - The neighbourhood of the Darnel and Tin keep them perpetually at war, the benefit of which accrues to the Company, who buy all the prisoners made on either side, and the more there are to sell, the greater is their profit ; for the only end of their armaments is to make captives, to sell them to the white traders.
Page 131 - ... negroes ; it would render such recruits less necessary, by the redoubled care he would be obliged to take of his present stock, the preservation of their lives and health ; and lastly, it would raise the value of negroes in the island. A North American province, by this prohibition alone for a few years, from being deeply plunged in debt, has become independent, rich, and flourishing.
Page 145 - ... the general concurrence of Europe (a concurrence which I believe never yet took place at the commencement of any one improvement in policy or in morals) ; year after year escapes, and the most enormous evils go unredressed. We see this abundantly exemplified, not only in public, but in private life. Similar observations have been applied to the case of personal reformation.
Page 23 - that no such argument will be used this night; for what is it but to establish a competition between God and Mammon, and to adjudge the preference to the latter ? What but to dethrone the moral governor of the world, and to fall down and worship the idol of interest ? What a manifesto...
Page 150 - Africa. There is, indeed, one thing wanting to complete the contrast, and to clear us altogether from the imputation of acting, even to this hour, as barbarians ; for we continue to this hour a barbarous traffic in slaves, — we continue it even yet, in spite of all our great and undeniable pretensions to civilization.
Page 140 - Africa a scene of bloodshed and misery, a supply of victims increasing in proportion to our demand. Can we then hesitate in deciding whether the wars in Africa are their wars or ours ? It was our arms in the river Cameroon put into the hands of the trader, that furnished him with the means of pushing his trade ; and I have no more doubt that they are British arms put into the hands of Africans, which promote universal war and desolation, than I can doubt their having done so in that individual instance.
Page 152 - We may behold the beams of science and philosophy breaking in upon their land, which at some happy period in still later times, may blaze with full lustre ; and joining their influence to that of pure religion, may illuminate and invigorate the most distant extremities of that immense continent.
Page 150 - We, sir, have long since emerged from barbarism; we have almost forgotten that we were once barbarians; we are now raised to a situation which exhibits a striking contrast to every circumstance by which a Roman might have characterized us, and by which we now characterize Africa. There is, indeed, one thing wanting to complete the contrast, and to clear us altogether from the imputation of acting even to this hour as barbarians; for we continue to this hour a barbarous traffic in slaves; we continue...
Page 77 - If you prick him, does he not bleed ? If you tickle him, does he not laugh ? If you poison him, does he not die ? And if you wrong him, does he not revenge?
Page 142 - ... blessings of a mutually beneficial commerce. But as to the whole interior of that continent you are, by your own principles of commerce, as yet entirely shut out. Africa is known to you only in its skirts. Yet even there you are able to infuse a poison that spreads its contagious effects from one end of it to the other, which penetrates to its very centre, corrupting every part to which it reaches. You...

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