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C l5 3 deftroy them *. The laws of nature, deeply en- graved in the breafts of the human race could not always be fupprefied, and an aftion abhorred even by the brutes, awaked feelings which at length brought mankind back to the dictates of reafon. Many nations found it more advanta - geous, inllead of depriving the poor infants of their lives, to fell them into flavery: thus were many lives preferved, and the parents had the gratification of feeing their unhappy offspring have a chance of afpiring to a better fortune. The liberty of a mans felling into flavery his own children, was of courfe reftrained to certain rules. They begun by enafting that the child, which was fold for a flave, fhould recover its liberty, by paying the fixth part of the purchafe money to the mafter. And it was further or- dered, that no fuch flave fhould be exported out of his native country. At length the duration “ turn, fhall be fined in xii ounces of filver to the Bifhop, “ and the aflembly (hall be obliged to buy a Have at their “ own expence, for the above-mentioned purpofe. * With refpeft to the Greeks, fee Henr. Aug. Zeibickii Commentat. Academica ad Euripidis Jonem Witeb. 1732; and concerning the Romans, Gerh. Noodtii Julium Paullum Se Cornelii Bynkerfhoekii Opufcula de jure occidendi, ven- dendi, et exponendi liberos ; and with refpefl to the northern nations, fee Johan, Erici Differtatio de Expofitione Infantum Jdavnias, 1756. Of

An essay on the slave trade

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