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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 7. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), The conflict with slavery (search)
stice: Is not this the fast which I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free (Isa. LVIII. 16. This law is recognized and sanctioned by Apostle Paul, 1 Tim. i. 9, 10. The word the Apostle uses in its original import comprehends all who are concerned in bringing any of the human race into slavery, or detaining them in it. Hominum fures qui sermos vel liberos abducant, retinent, vendunt vel emunt. To steal a freeman, says Grotius, is the highest kind of theft. In other instances we only steal human property; but when we steal, or retain men in slavery, we seize those who in common with ourselves are constituted by the original grant (Gen. i. 28) lords of the earth. Vide Note to Confession of Faith by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, 1825.) He that stealeth a man and selleth him; or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death. (Exod. XXI. 16.1) Yet a little while and the voice of im