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ter the Restoration , when the spirit of freedom wrs very much depressed , and that *> f cammewct ? vef y ^^ $ omm ^ ti % it was determined that any aetion in the form ^^ h j ^ to reco - ver the tw ^ sst 9 $ ions ^ goodsy jc < mld b ^^ rb ^ tet ^ icrr ^> ver poises *
sion of a negro slave , " for that a negro man was merchandize !** The Revolution brought in its train more just sentimerits ^ and in Queen Ann ' s reign , Judge Holt decided that in an action brought to recover the price for which a negro in England was sold , the plaintiff was defeated by his own statement , for that he came to have a contract enforced , which was
contrary to law , and that as soon as a negro came into England he became free . In another case , before the same Judges the court held that men may be the owners , and therefore cannot be the subjects of property , that a man could have no other right to a negro , than he could by the law of nations to a captive taken in war , that the common law takes no notice of
negroes being different from other men , and that the iirst mentioned decision , that negroes were merchandize , was contrary tor laW - After Judge HoltV death , the spirit of commerce agaiiv became for its hour , lord of the ascendant , and in 1729 , two
lawyers were found in the persons of York and Talbot , to give that unfounded opinion in opposition to Holt's decision , and in favour of slavery , which Mr . Sharp succeeded in invalidating .
I send you this sketch to shew how variously the same law has been expounded , and to evince how much the judges an * , ticipated the return of just sentiments 011 this subject at a time when our slave captains represented themselves as sailing with a fair wind by the blessing of God , obtaining a cargo of slaves by the protection of providence on their honest industry , and having a favourable passage to the West Indies through the loxfe ; and mercy , and merits of Jesus Christ their Redeemer- ( Sir
Johia Hawkins ' s Journal *) I am Sir , your ' sy Kingston , Aug . 21 > . 18 Q 7 . ' H . NV D *
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TRJNIXAKIAN PARADOXES . Tc the Editor of the Monthly Repository . Sir , I observe in the Clergyman ' s Answer to J + * M * ( p > 40 f w ) that he jpbjects ^ f as . might have been expected ., to a very just tGitii&fc
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1807, page 532, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2385/page/24/