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Thus the Irifh continued to buy flaves from England during the reign of king John *, In Norway, few fteps were taken towards the abolition of the (lave trade before the year 1270-}% The law, which till that time guided all civil bufinefs, was paficd by king Hacon, who began his reign in the year 1222, and died in the year 1263. In this law much is fpok'en of the Haves, who feem to have been happier in Norway than in any other part of Europe ; for the (lave could obtain his liberty by a prefcription of twenty years J, and the law guarded his life againft the matter, who, for having killed his Have, was liable to be punifhed as a murderer §. The * Chronicon. Hiberite, or the Annals of Phil. Flatelburg, in the Cottonian Library. Domitian. A. xviii. Super his Hibernia: miferiis et ab Anglis periculis convenit apud Ard- machum (Anno 1172) plurima hominum multitudo prx- ■cipue clericorum, qui concluferunt, eo hate tnala inflidU effe Hibernia:, quod olim Anglorum pueros a Mercatori- bus ad fe advedtos in fervitutem emcrant contra jui Chrif- tianx libertatis. Angli enim olim pauperes ut neceffita- tem fupplerent vel proprios filios vendere foliti funt. Unde cum omnium confenfu per totam Hiberniam lervi Angli libere abire permiffi funt. f The ancient law of Norway, called Gulething’s Law, commonly attributed to King Hacon Haraldfon. The book on liberty, chap. v. t Froftathing’s Law of King Hacon Haconfon, part iv. chap. xv. § Gulething’s Law, 1. c. B 4 ' Have

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