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The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave Trade by the British Parliament, Vol. I

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Author: Thomas Clarkson
Published: 1808
Language: English
Wordcount: 110,809 / 319 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.2
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 453
Added to site: 2004.07.03
mnybks.net#: 8617
Genres: History, Politics
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brought on by thoughts of their future unknown destination, of which they can augur nothing but misery from all that they have yet seen? How shall I make known their situation, while labouring under painful disease, or while struggling in the suffocating holds of their prisons, like animals inclosed in an exhausted receiver? How shall I describe their feelings, as exposed to all the personal indignities, which lawless appetite or brutal passion may suggest? How shall I exhibit their sufferings as determining to refuse sustenance and die, or as resolving to break their chains, and, disdaining to live as slaves, to punish their oppressors? How shall I give an idea of their agony, when under various punishments and tortures for their reputed crimes? Indeed every part of this subject defies my powers, and I must therefore satisfy myself and the reader with a general representation, or in the words of a celebrated member of Parliament, that "Never was so much human suffering condensed in so small a space."

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