The Common-sense book

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Page 147 - Many murders have been discovered among them; and they are not only a most unspeakable oppression to poor tenants (who if they give not bread, or some kind of provision to perhaps forty such villains in one day, are sure to be insulted by them) but they rob many poor people who live in houses distant from any neighbourhood. In years of plenty...
Page 177 - that it is expedient to adopt effectual and decisive measures for ameliorating the condition of the slave population in the colonies ; — that through a determined and persevering, but at the same time judicious and temperate enforcement of such measures, this House looks forward to a progressive improvement in the character of the slave population, such as may prepare them for a participation in those civil rights and privileges which are enjoyed by other classes of...
Page 147 - In years of plenty many thousands of them meet together in the mountains, where they feast and riot for many days; and at country weddings, markets, burials, and other the like public occasions, they are to be seen, both men and women, perpetually drunk, cursing, blaspheming, and fighting together.
Page 177 - That this House is anxious for the accomplishment of this purpose, at the earliest period that shall be compatible with the well-being of the slaves themselves, with the safety of the colonies, and with a fair and equitable consideration of the interests of private property.
Page 131 - Slaves, whether male or female, are driven to labour by the impulse of the cart- whip, for the sole benefit of their owners, from whom they receive no wages; and this labour is continued (with certain intermissions for breakfast and dinner), from morning to night, throughout the year. In the season of crop, which lasts for four or five months of the year, their labour is protracted not only throughout the day, as at other times, but during either half the night, or the whole of every alternate night.
Page 167 - We cannot allow the colonies to check, or discourage in any degree, a traffic so beneficial to the nation.
Page 161 - American colonies; and, according to the forms of the British constitution, the question was submitted by the Crown in council to the twelve judges of England. I have their answer here; it is in these words: "In pursuance of His Majesty's order in council, hereunto annexed, we do humbly certify our opinion to be that negroes are merchandise.
Page 161 - Jamaica, or other his majesty's plantations, or for any shipping belonging to aliens to trade there, or export thence, negroes, provisions for shipping, or aliens trading there ; that for ships that shall happen by tempest, or in case of peril and distress, to come into the plantations for preservation, and to amend or take in necessary provisions, or repair there, in such case, it is not against the act of navigation, or any other law.
Page 202 - ... it shall be found that the said complaint is true, it shall be the duty of the said magistrates, and they are hereby required, to proceed against the offender according to law ; but if it shall appear that such complaint was groundless, the said magistrates shall punish the complainant, and the person giving information thereof, in such manner as to them may teem proper.
Page 181 - ... entry of this declaration being duly registered at the Bank, should be declared equivalent to a will in the . absence of any other. In conclusion, I have most earnestly to impress upon,, you the necessity of proceeding to carry these improvements into effect, not only with all possible dispatch, but in the spirit of perfect and cordial co-operation with the efforts of His Majesty's Government.

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