Memoir of William Wilberforce

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Light & Stearns, 1836 - 103 pages

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Page 34 - I sat down disconsolate on the turf by the road-side, and held ray horse. Here, a thought came into my mind, that if the contents of the essay were true, it was time some person should see these calamities to their end.
Page 20 - Come unto me, all ye that labor, and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Page 14 - Apart from serving on a committee which was charged with drafting "a body of laws," he does not appear to have taken any active part in the affairs of the young community.
Page 98 - It takes its root from a cruel prejudice and alienation in the whites of America against the colored people, slave or free. This being its source, the effects are what might be expected— that it fosters and increases the spirit of caste, already so unhappily predominant — that it widens the breach between the two races...
Page 42 - ... by them for real or imputed crimes ; fourthly, of persons made slaves by various acts of oppression, violence, or fraud, committed either by the princes and chiefs of those countries on their subjects, or by private individuals on each other ; or, lastly, by Europeans engaged in this traffic. 3. That the trade so carried on had necessarily a tendency to occasion frequent and cruel wars among the natives ; to produce unjust convictions and punishments for pretended or aggravated crimes ; to encourage...
Page 27 - Upon this Mr. Sharp put his hand upon Laird's shoulder, and pronounced these words, " I charge you, in the name of the king, with an assault upon the person of Jonathan Strong, and all these are my witnesses.
Page 33 - It was but one gloomy subject from morning to night ; in the day-time I was uneasy, in the night I had little rest ; I sometimes never closed my eyelids for grief.
Page 31 - Sharp was present at this trial, and procured the attendance of a short-hand writer, to take down the facts which should come out in the course 'of it. These he gave to the public afterwards. He communicated them also, with a copy of the trial, to the...
Page 101 - Hope smiles, joy springs, and tho' cold caution pause And weave delay, the better hour is near, That shall remunerate thy toils severe By peace for Afric, fenced with British laws. Enjoy what thou hast won, esteem and love From all the just on earth and all the blest above.
Page 64 - Fourteenth to repeal the edict of Nantes, and to suppress the protestant religion. But what was the consequence ? Where shall we look, after this period, for her Fenelons and her Pascals — where for the distinguished monuments of piety and learning which were the glory of her better days ? As for piety, she perceived she had no occasion for it, when there was no lustre of christian holiness surrounding her ; nor for learning, when she had no longer any opponents to confute, or any controversies...

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