the Jewish constitution, was right in principle in itself and that, under the circumstances of the Jewish people, it was right in practice.
Among the strange, if not wholly unaccountable, misconceptions, if not gross misrepresentations, of the fundamental ideas of domestic slavery, we may place those of Dr. Channing
and Prof. Whewell
The latter, in his “Elements of morality” states that “slavery converts a person into a thing — a subject merely passive, without any of the recognized attributes of human nature.”
“A slave,” he further says, “in the eye of the law which stamps him with that character, is not acknowledged as a man. He is reduced to the level of a brute;” that is, as he explains it, “he is divested of his moral nature.”
, the great apostle of Unitarianism in America
, says, “The very idea of a slave is that he belongs to another: that he is bound to live and labor for another; to be another's instrument, that is, in all things, just as a threshing-machine
, or another beast of burden; and to make another's will his habitual law, however adverse to his own” He adds, in another place, “We have thus established the reality and sacredness of human rights; and that slavery is an infraction of these, is too plain to need any labored proof.
Slavery violates not one, but all; violates them not incidentally, ”