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Short Quotes on Slavery at Brown

Short Quotes on Slavery at Brown

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“Slave keeping [is]
custom that casts the most indelible odium on a whole people,causing some...to infer that they are a different race formed by the Creator for brutal
service, to drudge for us with their brethren of the stalls.”
 -- Providence Gazette, 1773
Whereas, there is a common course practised amongst Englishmen to buy negers, to theend that they have them for service or slaves forever; for the preventinge of such practises among us, let it be ordered, that no blacke mankind or white being forced bycovenant blood or otherwise, to serve any man or his assignes longer than ten yeares, or untill they come to bee twentie-four yeares of age, if they be taken in under fourteen,from the time of their cominge within the liberties of this collonie. And at the end or terme of ten years to set them free as the manner is with English servants.
 --Rhode Island General Court, 1652
“[W]ithout this trade
[the slave trade, and the provisioning trade with the Caribbean], itwould have been and will always be, utterly impossible for the inhabitants of this colonyto subsist themselves, or to pay for any considerable quantity of British goods
.”
 --
“Remonstrance of the Colony of Rhode Isla
nd to the Board of Trade, 1764
“Liberty is the greatest blessing that men
enjoy, and slavery is the heaviest curse thathuman nature is capable of ... those who are governed at the will of another, and whose property may be taken from them...without their consent...are in the miserable condition
of slaves.”
 --
“Remonstrance of th
e Colony of Rhode Island to the Board of Trade, 1764
Paid Henry Paget, Esq. for 12
½ Days Work of his Negro Pero.”
 
To
12 days work of Earle's Negro.”
 
To 10 Days work of Mary Young's Negro M
an.”
 --From construction records of University Hall, 1770 and 1771
Member should “
avoid being in any way concerned in reaping the unrighteous profits of that unrighteous practice of dealing in Negroes and other slaves
 – 
in direct violation of 
the gospel rule which teaches every one to do as he would be done by.”
 --Yearly [Quaker] Meeting in Newport, 1760
“If this trade admits of a
moral or a rational justification every crime, even the most
atrocious, may be justified.”
 -- John Wesley,
Thoughts upon Slavery
, 1774
“I saw my slaves with my spiritual eyes as
 plainly as I see you now and it was given tome as clearly to understand that the sacrifice that was called for of my hand was to givethem liberty.
 
 – 
Moses Brown, 1773
“Whereas I am clearly convinced that the buying and selling of men of what color so
ever 

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