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George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 10 4 0 Browse Search
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he victims of commercial avarice, and strengthened the ties of selfishness by the pride of race. Yet at that time the United States, as a nation, wished treaties of the most perfect friendship and commerce with the emperor of Morocco. In England Edmund Burke seemed to be singled out to lead an impassioned warfare against negro slavery; and in 1780 he tasked Chap. XVII.} 1780. himself to find out what laws could check the new form of servitude which wrapt all quarters of the globe in its bale consumer in the end is always the dupe of his own tyranny and injustice; yet he suggested nothing more for slave plantations than some supervision by the state, and some mitigation of the power of the master to divide families by partial sales. Burke for himself inclined to a gradual emancipation; yet his code for the negroes was founded on the conviction that slavery was an incurable evil. Overborne by the opinion of those around him, he sought only to make it as small an evil as possible,