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Slavery is a system of the most complete injustice.

Slavery is an atrocious debasement of human nature.

Slavery is contrary to the fundamental law of all societies.

Slavery is not only opposed to all the principles of morality, but, as it appears to me, is pregnant with appalling and inevitable danger to the Republic.

That execrable sum of all villainies commonly called the slave-trade.

The abolition of domestic slavery is the greatest object of desire in these colonies, where it was unhappily introduced in their infant state.

The compact which exists between the North and the South is a covenant with death and an agreement with hell; involving both parties in atrocious criminality and should be immediately annulled.

The man who gives me employment, which I must have or suffer, that man is my master, let me call him what I will.

The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it.

There is a law above all human enactments, written upon the heart by the finger of God; and while men despise fraud, and loathe rapine, and abhor blood, they shall reject with indignation the wild and guilty phantasy, that man can hold property in man.

They are slaves who fear to speak For the fallen and the weak; They are slaves who dare not be In the right with two or three.

Those are men-stealers who abduct, keep, sell, or buy slaves or freemen.

We can apply to slavery no worse name than its own. Men have always shrunk instinctively from this state, as the most degraded. No punishment, save death, has been more dreaded; and, to avoid it, death has often been endured. Slavery virtually dissolves the domestic relations. It ruptures the most sacred ties upon earth. It violates home. It lacerates best affections; produces and gives license to cruelty; compels the master systematically to degrade the mind of the slave; and to resist that improvement which is the design and end of the Creator. - Millions may rise up and tell me that the slave suffers little from cruelty. I know too much of human nature, human history, and human passion, to believe them.

We have found that this evil, slavery, has preyed upon the very vitals of the Union, and has been prejudicial to all the States in which it has existed.

Whatever makes man a slave takes half his worth away.

Where slavery is, there liberty cannot be; and where liberty is, there slavery cannot be.


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