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Our citizenship in any particular state is only our local distinction. By the latter we are known at home, by the former to the world. Our great title is Americans. He who dares not offend cannot be honest.
THAT some desperate wretches should be willing to steal and enslave men by violence and murder for gain, is rather lamentable than strange. Justice and Humanity, and even good policy, by a succession of eminent men, and several late publications. Conscience, and the character of integrity to that golden Idol. Kings to sell subjects, which they can have no right to do, and hiring one tribe to war against another, in order to catch prisoners.
So much innocent blood have the Managers and Supporters of this inhuman Trade to answer for to the common Lord of all! They show as little Reason as Conscience who put the matter by with saying—”Men, in some cases, are lawfully made Slaves, and why may not these? Nor is this plea mended by adding—”They are set forth to us as slaves, and we buy them without farther inquiry, let the sellers see to it. Most shocking of all is alledging the Sacred Scriptures to favour this wicked practice. But some say, “the practice was permitted to the Jews. Such arguments ill become us, since the time of reformation came, under Gospel light.