It would ill accord with the spirit of English law to allow the liberty of a human being to be restrained by the meshes of technicalities like those woven by the writer in the “Advertiser.” The single vigorous principle that within the British Empire no right of property can exist in a human being extends like a flaming sword around all its courts and territories, cutting asunder the bonds of every slave who approaches English earth.Not only his participation in these legal discussions, but also his correspondence, in which he warmly commends the career of
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1 Dr. Channing made, at Sumner's suggestion, changes in the following paragraphs, as printed in ‘The Works of William E. Channing, D. D.,’ in one volume; Boston, 1875: ‘The question between the American and English Governments . . . but must be treated as free,’ p. 856; paragraph relative to interference of the colonial authorities, p. 864; paragraph as to the magistrates ‘commanding’ the slaves to go on shore, p. 865; note A, p. 906; note B, p. 906. Judge Story was also much interested in the legal points, and his advice was sought in relation to them.
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