General Report of the Emigration Commissioners Volume 2

General Report of the Emigration Commissioners Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...English, American, and Brazilian gentlemen, manufacturers, merchants, capitalists ofimoney and of character, owners of vessels, brokers, and consignees, and large slave dealers, too rich to be within reach ofthe halter of the law? And cui bono? if American merchants and. goods are to be driven away, and American consignees, factors, and agents are to be subjected to like penalties as Masters, Mates, and crews (which they are not now subjected to), just to yield the use of our vessels and flag to the consignees, factors, and agents of Great Britain and Brazil'! These questions are asked with no other views than these: -to sa_v, first, that neither Great Britain nor the United States are exactly in that blameless position to assume the high tone of casting reproach, or of reading moral lectures, in respect to the sin of the African Slave Trade, so longas they leave its high places within their respective jurisdictions untouched by the penalties of public law or public opinion; neither can cast the first stone, so long as they are both so equally and deeply inculpated. If they are both acting in good faith, on the elevated grounds of a pure morality, and not on the selfish and base motives ofa policy at once hypocritical and inhuman, they will cordially cooperate to make their separate laws and their separate execution faithfully contribute to wipe from themselves all cause of reproach, and to confer inestimable blessings on all mankind. And to say, secondly, that though it may be but an act of the African slave traders, in order to divide their opponents, to insinuate that England's only object is to monopolize the African trade, yet, so long as England fails to give better evidence than she has given, that such is not her...show more

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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 503g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123688289X
  • 9781236882899