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An extract from a chapter on the Evils of the Slave Trade . Can it be proved that their natural under-standings are in a small degree inferior to our own ; are we from thence to infer, that we have a right to set them at variance among themselves, that we may kidnap, rob, and murder, as we like beasts. We should set an example to all Europe, by being he first and principal transgressors, that we may avail ourselves annually of more than twenty thousand slaves for the sake of our luxuries; and destroy or enslave at least double that number of our fellow creatures ; considering the multitudes we are obliged to murder by sham wars, in order that we may procure them, and consequently draw down by our infamous example the same evil on as many more besides. Will reason or conscience for a moment submit to it, when the only pretext which can be given is, that we suppose their understandings are inferior to ours. If so, why not pity and protect them till better instructed. But cowards alone take the advantage of fools, supposing the poor Africans to be such. What then shall we call ourselves, Christians, or devils, can a race of devils act worse against us than we do against them. And as they have exactly the same right, if they had equal power, to plunder us as we have plundered them; how should we bear it, if a fleet of their ships should hover round our shores, like a set of vultures after their prey. Would not every principle of self-interested indignation be roused in us. If then it be admitted that their understandings be weaker than ours, yet I am sure of this, that in art of wickedness, as it relates both to our principle and practice towards them, we abundantly exceed them. Good quality brown leather with nice tooled raised bands, good tight bindings, inscribed Henry Fannces, the gift of his affectionate auntâ€¦. An age to look back onâ€¦