the conscience, and the understanding of one man into the personality of another!
This is a state of things which the human mind cannot even conceive to be possible, but does intuitively perceive to be utterly impossible.
In the next place, we affirm that the idea of personal rights
and personal responsibility
pervades the whole system.
Both the Divine and human laws which recognize the system, assume the personality and responsibility of the slave.
Even under the Roman
codes — which recognized far more stringent forms of slavery than that of the African in this country, at any period of its history — this view of the system will find no support.
and Peter, who wrote with special allusion to slaves under these laws, so far from regarding this personality as lost and swallowed up in the humanity of the master, expressly assumed their personality and responsibility.
For whilst they recognize him as a servant
, they treat him as a man: they declare him possessed, though a slave, of certain rights, which it was injustice in the master to disregard, and under obligation to certain duties, as a slave, which it would be sinful in him to neglect; and, moreover, that it was the office of that religion whose functions they filled, to protect these rights and duties with its most solemn sanctions.
Hence they enjoin upon masters the moral obligation of