Report of the Committee of the Society for the Mitigation and Gradual Abolition of Slavery Throughout the British Dominions ... [1st]-3d; 1823/24-Dec. 1825, Volume 1

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Page 18 - His Majesty has commanded us to acquaint you, that he has not been inattentive to the desire expressed by the House of Commons in the last Session of Parliament, that means should be devised for ameliorating the condition of the Negro Slaves in the West Indies. His Majesty has directed the necessary information relating to this subject to be laid before you. His Majesty is confident that you will afford your best attention and assistance, to any Proposition which may be submitted to you for promoting...
Page 3 - That it is expedient to adopt effectual and decisive measures for ameliorating the condition of the slave population in his majesty's colonies : " That, through a determined and persevering, but at the same time judicious and temperate, enforcement of such measures, this house looks forward to a progressive improvement in the character of the slave popularion, such as may prepare them for a participation in those civil rights and privileges which are enjoyed by other classes of his majesty's subjects...
Page 3 - That this House is anxious for the accomplishment of this purpose, at the earliest period that shall be compatible with the well-being of the slaves themselves, with the safety of the colonies, and with a fair and equitable consideration of the interests of private property.
Page 19 - Session of Parliament, that means should be devised for ameliorating the condition of the Negro Slaves in the West Indies. His Majesty has directed the necessary information relating to this subject to be laid before you. His Majesty is confident that you will afford your best attention and assistance to any proposition which may be submitted to you for promoting the moral improvement of the Negroes, by an extended plan of religious instruction, and by such other measures as may gradually conduce...
Page 3 - ... 2. That, through a determined and persevering, but judicious and temperate enforcement of such measures, this House looks forward to a progressive improvement in the character of the slave population ; such as may prepare them for a participation in those civil rights and privileges...
Page 19 - It is a subject perplexed with difficulties, which no sudden effort can disentangle. " To excite exaggerated expectations in those who are the objects of your benevolence, would be as fatal to their welfare as to that of their employers. " And his majesty assures himself you will bear in mind, that...
Page 58 - ... to commit the most atrocious cruelties, even to murder his Slave, no free person being present to witness the act. There appears to me a radical defect in the administration of justice throughout the West Indies, in whatever Case the wrongs done to a Slave are under consideration ; or rather, that justice cannot in truth be administered, controlled as it is by. a law of evidence, which covers the most guilty European with impunity...
Page 110 - That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, representing that this House, having taken into their most serious consideration the papers laid before them relating to the trial and condemnation of the...

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