The Capacity of Negroes for Religious and Moral Improvement Considered: With Cursory Hints, to Proprietors and to Government, for the Immediate Melioration of the Condition of Slaves in the Sugar Colonies: to which are Subjoined Short and Practical Discourses to Negroes, on the Plain and Obvious Principles of Religion and Morality

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J. Phillips, 1789 - African Americans - 207 pages

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Page ii - Ill-fated race! the softening arts of peace, Whate'er the humanizing muses teach; The god-like wisdom of the temper'd breast; Progressive truth, the patient force of thought; Investigation calm, whose silent powers Command the world; the light that leads to heaven; Kind equal rule, the government of laws, And all-protecting freedom, which alone Sustains the name and dignity of man: These are not theirs.
Page 127 - I am required to believe in God, to fear him, and to love him with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my foul, and with all my itrength.
Page 77 - I now step forward, to dedicate this little work to the memory of a man, whose general probity and purity of life and manners, are written in too indelible characters, to be sullied by that malignant censure, which will now perhaps be silent and be satisfied.
Page 11 - It muft ftill be obferved, that we find him with, all the feelings and attachments of a rational being, nor with any peculiar marks of depravity about him...
Page v - The capacity of negroes for religious and moral improvement, in common with the reft of mankind.
Page 32 - ... a portion of mental ability, as falls to the lot of mankind in general.
Page 37 - ... right to a certain fixed and due proportion of time, to be appropriated tq the flave's own ufe and advantage ; the right to be fairly tried before he is fentenced to.
Page 48 - Have, or any eflential benefit ^conferred by the former, that infiances fiances of gratitude, attachment, and rectitude among negroes, are to be frequently expected.
Page 57 - ... that, however we may be capable of discerning, we certainly do not always follow our true intereft.

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