Excerpt from An Essay on the Abolition of Slavery Throughout the British Dominions: Without Injury to the Master or His Property, With the Least Possible Injury to the Slave, Without Revolution, and Without Loss to the Revenue
There are few subjects which excite more interest, and concerning which there is greater variety of opinions, than the condition of Slaves in the British Colonies, and the degree of relief to which they are entitled.
We hear it frequently asserted, that the condition of slaves in the colonies is happier than the state of the majority of free-born subjects in England. To be consistent, any person who professes this opinion should petition, or if he has a seat in Parliament should introduce a bill, to increase the happiness of the majority of his fellow-subjects, including very many tradesmen, by making them slaves to the proprietors of the estates on which they reside. We should then see how such a benevolent proposal for augmenting the felicity of free-men would be received.
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