Memoirs of the Life of Anthony Benezet

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James P. Parke, 1817 - 136 pages

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Page 99 - And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
Page 54 - ... as repugnant to humanity, as it is inconsistent with the Bible, and destructive to liberty? Every thinking, honest man rejects it in speculation how few in practice from conscientious motives...
Page 55 - I believe a time will come when an opportunity will be offered to abolish this lamentable evil. Everything we can do is to improve it, if it happens in our day ; if not, let us transmit to our descendants, together with our slaves, a pity for their unhappy .lot, and an abhorrence for slavery.
Page 53 - It is not a little surprising, that the professors of christianity, whose chief excellence consists in softening the human heart, in cherishing and improving its finer feelings, should encourage a practice so totally repugnant to the first impressions of right and wrong. What adds to the wonder is, that this abominable practice has been introduced in the most enlightened ages.
Page 54 - Would any one believe that I am master of slaves, of my own purchase ! I am drawn along by the general inconvenience of living here without them. I will not, I cannot justify it. However culpable my conduct, I will so far pay my devoir to 'virtue, as to own the excellence and rectitude of her precepts, and lament my want of conformity to them.
Page 54 - Times that seem to have pretensions to boast of high improvements in the arts and sciences and refined morality, have brought into general use, and guarded by many laws, a species of violence and tyranny which our more rude and barbarous, but more honest, ancestors detested.
Page 70 - Cousins know this, and that you promised to go away as soon as you drove the French away, and yet you stay there, and build Houses, and make it stronger and stronger every Day; for this Reason we entirely deny your Request; you shall not have a Road this Way.
Page 53 - I take this opportunity to acknowledge the receipt of Anthony Benezet's book against the slave-trade : I thank you for it. It is not a little surprising, that the professors of Christianity, whose chief excellence consists in softening...

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