A biographical sketch of Thomas Clarkson, M.A. with occasional brief strictures on the misrepresentations of him contained in the Life of William Wilberforce [by Wilberforce's sons]; and a concise historical outline of the abolition of slavery
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Page 8 - Slaves cannot breathe in England ; if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are free ; They touch our country, and their shackles fall.
Page 149 - ... Hast heard the constant Voice its charge repeat, Which, out of thy young heart's oracular seat, First roused thee. — O true yoke-fellow of Time...
Page 3 - It is impossible," he remarked in his History of Slavery, " to imagine the severe anguish which the composition of this essay cost me. All the pleasure I had promised myself from the literary contest was exchanged for pain, by the astounding facts that were now continually before me. It was one gloomy subject from morning till night. In the day I was agitated and uneasy, in the night I had little or no rest. I was so overwhelmed with grief that I sometimes never closed my eyes during the whole night,...
Page 114 - T . corporate corporate this gre.it object among; the pursuits of his life, so that k was daily in his thoughts. It was this, which, when year after year of unsuccessful exertion returned, occasioned him to be yet fresh and vigorous in spirit, and to persevere till the day of triumph.
Page 16 - Ramsey, and of the controversy in which the latter was engaged! of all which I had hitherto known nothing. How surprised was I...
Page 148 - The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the sight of all nations, and all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Page 120 - you astonish me — you have given me a new idea of the state of these poor people. I was not aware that they were so advanced in society.
Page 145 - I take no merit to myself on that account, being assured that those feelings which pointed out to me the path I was to pursue must have sprung from a Holy source ; and that I was able to labour for forty-eight years in this noble cause is equally true ; but every one must be sensible that no individual could by himself have completed so vast a work. What could I have done without Mr. Wilberforce as a parliamentary leader? and what could both of us have done without the aid of the ever-to-be-honoured...
Page 16 - Dillwyn had, two years before, associated himself with five others for the purpose of enlightening the public mind on this great subject ! " How astonished was I to find that a society had been formed in America for the same object ! These thoughts almost overpowered me.