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You, therefore, gentlemen, whatever others may do, will not accuse me of ‘fanaticism,’ if I endeavor to sustain my first great reason for opposing slavery by a reference to the volume of inspiration:

‘Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you do ye even so to them.’

‘Wherefore now let the fear of the Lord be upon you, take heed and do it; for there is no iniquity with the Lord, nor respect of persons.’

‘Is not this the fast that I have chosen To loose the bands of wickedness; to undo the heavy burdens and let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke’

‘If a man be found stealing any of his brethren, and maketh merchandise of him, or selling him, that thief shall die.’

‘Of a truth, I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.’

‘And he that stealeth a man and selleth him, or if he be found in his hands, he shall surely be put to death.’

2. Because it is an open violation of all human equality, of the laws of Nature and of nations.

The fundamental principle of all equal and just law is contained in the following extract from Blackstone's Commentaries, Introduction, sec. 2.

‘The rights which God and Nature have established, and which are therefore called natural rights, such as life and liberty, need not the aid of human laws to be more effectually vested in every man than they are; neither do they receive any additional strength when declared by municipal laws to be inviolable: on the contrary, no human ’


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