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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 7. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), The conflict with slavery (search)
, the child looks on, catches the lineaments of wrath, puts on the same airs in the circle of smaller slaves, gives loose to the worst of passions; and thus nursed, educated, and daily exercised in tyranny, cannot fail to be stamped by it with odious peculiarities. The man must be a prodigy who can retain his morals and manners undepraved by such circumstances. Notes on Virginia, p. 241. Il n'existe à la veritye aucune loi qui protege l'esclave le mauvais traitement du maitre, says Achille Murat, himself a Floridian slave-holder, in his late work on the United States. Gentlemen, is not this true Does there exist even in Virginia any law limiting the punishment of a slave Are there any bounds prescribed, beyond which the brutal, the revengeful, the intoxicated slave-master, acting in the double capacity of judge and executioner, cannot pass? You will, perhaps, tell me that the general law against murder applies alike to master and slave. True; but will you point out instan