The West India Question Practically Considered, Volume 1

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J. Murray, 1826 - Slavery - 121 pages
 

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Page 8 - 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 his majesty's subjects.
Page 7 - That the state of slavery is repugnant to the principles of the British constitution and of the Christian religion, and that it ought to be gradually abolished throughout the British colonies with as much expedition as may be found consistent with a due regard to the well-being of the parties concerned.
Page 109 - We cannot allow the colonies to check, or discourage in any degree, a traffic so beneficial to the nation.
Page 23 - Slavery in the colonies, to be accomplished by the same happy means which formerly put an end to it in England; namely, by a benign, though insensible, revolution in opinions and manners, by the encouragement of particular manumissions, and the progressive melioration of the condition of the Slaves, till it should slide insensibly into general freedom. They looked, in short, to an emancipation, of which not the Slaves, but the masters, should be the willing instruments or authors.
Page 23 - They did not aim at an emancipation to be effected by insurrection in the West Indies, or to be ordained precipitately by positive law : but they never denied, and scrupled not to avow, that they did look forward to a future extinction of slavery in the colonies, to be accomplished by the same happy means which formerly put an end to it in England ; namely, by a benign, though...
Page 109 - SouthCarolina, a British colony, passed an act to prohibit further importation ; but Great Britain rejected this act with indignation, and declared that the slave trade was beneficial and necessary to the mother country. The governors of the colonies had positive orders to sanction no law enacted against the slave trade. In Jamaica, in the year 1765, ^^attempt was made to abolish the trade to that island.
Page 77 - Hindostan, may continue to work with perfect vigour though receiving as his natural wages, only such supply of covering, as would be insufficient to preserve a labourer in Russia from perishing. Even in countries situated in the same climate, different habits of living, will often occasion variations in the natural price of labour, as considerable as those, which are produced by natural causes.
Page 20 - ... for not less than one month nor more than six months, or to both fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court, and to forfeiture of license ; one-half the fine to be paid to the informer and the other half to the State.
Page 78 - ... can be effected only by those circumstances of prosperity or decay, and by those moral causes of instruction and civilization, which are ever gradual in their operation. The minimum of wages, therefore, though it varies under different climates, and with the different stages of national improvement, may, in any given time and place, be regarded as very nearly stationary.
Page 23 - ... future extinction of slavery in the colonies, to be accomplished by the same happy means which formerly put an end to it in England ; namely, by a benign, though insensible revolution in opinions and manners, by the encouragement of particular manumissions, and the progressive melioration of the condition of the slaves, till it should slide insensibly into general freedom. They looked in short, to an emancipation...

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