Debates on the Resolutions and Bill for the Abolition of Slavery in the British Colonies; With the Act of Parliament

Debates on the Resolutions and Bill for the Abolition of Slavery in the British Colonies; With the Act of Parliament

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ...value of their labour Several Honourable Members.--Question! Question! Oh! Oh! The Chairman.--I beg to remind the Honourable Gentleman, that no Honourable Member can speak a second time. Mr. Jervis.--I beg the attention of the House to a few remarks which I am desirous of submitting to it, and I can assure it that I shall not occupy their time for more than a very few moments. I shall feel myself called upon to vote against this grant. 1 should, perhaps, have consented to have given a silent vote against it, had it not been for the statement of the Noble Lord. In rising to answer that statement, I wish to make one or two observations upon the general principle, and to state, in the first instance, that it is not my intention to say anything on the previous question to which the House has assented, because I deprecate discussing points which have been already decided. I think it is necessary to advert to the second resolution, in order, in one word, to remind the House, and particularly the Noble Lord, that when he founds his calculation on the period of apprenticeship being twelve years, he directly negatives the assertion of the Right Honourable Secretary, who obtained the consent of the House to that resolution, upon the express understanding that they pledged themselves to no definite period of apprenticeship. I beg the House to recollect that on this point we are completely in the dark. I will say nothing with respect to the expediency of compensation, because 1 am free to admit that this country has recognised traffic in human flesh and blood as property; and, therefore, if we take it from them, we should give a just and equitable compensation;--neither will I advert to a frequent topic of discussion, namely, the exorbitant advance from a...show more

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  • Paperback | 498 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 880g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236657780
  • 9781236657787