Thus the law of God made a man a slave who became so by his own voluntary act. A state of submission
, therefore, to control by the will of another
, is no less a state of slavery than a state of subjection
. If the state itself be one of slavery, the idea, submission
, which makes it so, is in this case an element of the system.
Hence, the true philosophical definition of the principle, as before stated, is control by the will of another
, with its correlative (subjection, or submission, as the case might be) implied.
It may be the one; it may be the other; and whichever it is in a given case, is the mere logical accident of that
case, and does not at all affect the principle
As the whole of the abstract idea of the system of slavery is to be found in the terms master
in correlation; and submission and subjection to control by the will of another
is the whole idea contained in the correlative sense of these terms, (certainly nothing more and nothing less,) the definition given is the whole, and nothing more, of the abstract principle of the institution.
Whoever is in this condition is to that extent a slave. *Whatever system envelops this principle — it matters not what form it may take, what coincident principles it may include, or what name may be given to it, or how far the practical working of this principle may be modified — it is nevertheless