Memoirs of the Life of Anthony Benezet (Google eBook)

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Re-printed, with additions, etc. for W. Alexander, and sold by him; also by Darton, Harvey; and Company, W. Phillips, and W. Darton, Jun., 1817 - 156 pages
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Includes letters by Benezet, on education, slavery, treatment of Indians, war, etc.
  

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Page 57 - Princes shall come out of Egypt ; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.
Page 68 - Is it not amazing, that at a time, when the rights of humanity are defined and understood with precision, in a country, above all others, fond of liberty, that in such an age, and...
Page 69 - 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 68 - 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 100 - Colonies, and this was done in so much haste, and with so little regard to our necessities and the tenderest ties of nature, that from the most social enjoyments and affluent circumstances, many found themselves destitute of the necessaries of life: Parents were separated from children, and husbands from wives, some of whom have not to this day met again...
Page 67 - 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 67 - I thank you for it. 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.
Page 101 - York, with only his wife and" two youngest children, in an infirm state of health, from whence he joined three more of his children at Philadelphia, where he died without any more notice being taken of him than any of us, notwithstanding his many years labour and deep sufferings for your Majesty's service.
Page 49 - I hope thou will kindly excuse the freedom used on this occasion, by an ancient man, whose mind for more than forty years past, has been much separated from the common course of the world, and long painfully exercised in the consideration of the miseries under which so large a part of mankind equally with us the objects of redeeming love, are suffering the most unjust and grievous oppression, and who sincerely desires the temporal, and eternal felicity of the queen and her royal consort. "ANTHONY...
Page 30 - I can with truth and sincerity declare that I have found amongst the Negroes as great variety of talents, as among a like number of whites, and I am bold to assert, that the notion entertained by some, that the blacks are inferior in their capacities, is a vulgar prejudice, founded on the pride or ignorance of their lordly masters, who have kept their slaves at such a distance as to be unable to form a right judgment of them.

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