dreamed of robbery, injustice, or wrong to any one!
All considered it a wide door which a kind Providence
had opened, and which piety itself bade them enter!
No man who was worthy of the age authorized any one to fit out a ship, from the port of Boston
or elsewhere, go to the coast of Africa
, steal a cargo of natives, murder all who stood in the way of his schemes, tumble them into the hold of their ship, without regard to health or comfort, and make their way with their piratical cargo to Boston
and other markets, and turn them into money!
Those who did this — as many no doubt did — acted on their own responsibility, and have long since given their dreadful account to God!
But the men who were worthy of the age, and who would be worthy of any age, did authorize, by a common public opinion, the practice of going to Africa
, and negotiating a purchase with those who had long held and treated them as slaves, and especially those who by the usages of barbarous war were condemned to death.
They considered that thus to arrest the practice of putting prisoners to death was humane, and worthy of a Christian people; that to introduce them into civilized society, teach them the habits of civilized life, the principles and experience of Christianity, and ultimately perhaps to send them back to regenerate their fatherland, was an achievement