In the Year 1828,
ADDRESSED ESPECIALLY TO THE
LADIES OF GREAT BRITAIN.
So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun; and
behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter j and on the
side of their oppressors there was power ; but they had no comforter.—Eccl. iv. 1.
If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready
to be slain ; if thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the
heart consider it 1 And he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it ? And shall
not he render to every man according to his works 1—Prov. xxiv. 11, 12.
The inhumanity and impolicy, the cruelty and injustice of that
system of slavery which prevails in the Colonies of Great Britain are
now known and admitted. Its utter irreconcilableness with both the
spirit and the precepts of Christianity follows as a matter of course.
Without resorting, in proof of this view of it, to the history of that
traffic which gave it birth, it will be sufficient to contemplate the actual
condition of our wretched fellow subjects who are still in bondage. It
cannot now be necessary, after all that has been written on* the subject,*
to enter at any length into an exposition of their state. For the present purpose, the evils under which they labour may be, in some degree,
though still inadequately, appreciated, by considering the remedial measures which, five years ago, when those evils were fully exposed to the
eye of the national conscience, the Government and the Parliament
of this country, concurred in proposing and recommending to the
immediate adoption of the Colonial authorities, with a view to the early
and effectual elevation of the slaves, to the possession and enjoyment
of their just rights and privileges as British subjects.
* A list of the publications which may be advantageously referred to, on
each distinct branch of this large subject, will be found at the close of the
Anti-Slavery Reporter, No. 32, p. 175. The successive Numbers of that Work
are particularly recommended to the attention of all who feel an interest in