Lord Brougham's Speeches in 1837 & 1838

Lord Brougham's Speeches in 1837 & 1838

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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. 1837 edition. Excerpt: ... the cruiser keeps out of sight; and the pirate puts to sea. And now begin those horrors--those greater horrors--of which 1 am to speak--and which are the necessary consequences of the whole proceeding, considering with what kind of miscreants our cruisers have to deal. On being discovered, perceiving that the cruiser is giving chase, the slaver has to determine whether he will endeavour to regain the port, escaping for the moment, and waiting for a more favourable opportunity, or will fare across the Atlantic, and so perfect his adventure and consummate his crime, reaching the American shores with a part at least of his lading. How many unutterable horrors are embraced in the word that has slipt my tongue? A part of the lading! Yes--yes--For no sooner does the miscreant find that the cruiser is gaining upon him, that he bethinks him of lightening his ship, and he chooses the heaviest of his goods, with the same regard for them as if they were all inanimate lumber. He casts overboard, men and women and children! Does he first knock off their fetters? No! Why? Because those irons by which they have been held together in couples, for safety--but not more to secure the pirate crew against revolt, than the cargo against suicide--to prevent the Africans from seeking in a watery grave an escape from their sufferings--those irons are not screwed together and padlocked, so as to be removed in case of danger from tempest or from fire--but they are rivetted--welded together by the blacksmith in his forge--never to be removed, nor loosened until after the horrors of the middle passage, the children of misery shall be landed to bondage in the civilized world--and become the subjects of Christian Kings? The irons too serve the purpose of weights, and if time...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236516834
  • 9781236516831