Reasons for Establishing a Registry of Slaves in the British Colonies: Being a Report of a Committee of the African Institution

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Ellerton and Henderson, 1815 - 118 páginas
 

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Página 100 - Britain ; and that the King's Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons of Great Britain, in Parliament assembled, had, hath, and of right ought to have, full Power and Authority to make Laws and Statutes of sufficient Force and Validity to bind the Colonies and People of America, Subjects of the Crown of Great Britain, in all cases whatsoever.
Página 101 - America, or relates thereto it has been declared, 'that the King and Parliament of Great Britain will not impose any duty, tax, or assessment whatever, payable in any of His Majesty's colonies, provinces, and plantations in North America or the West Indies, except only such duties as it may be expedient to impose for the regulation of commerce, the net produce of such duties to be always paid and applied to and for the use of the colony, province, or plantation in which the same shall be respectively...
Página 97 - Taxation is no part of the governing or legislative power. The taxes are a voluntary gift and grant of the Commons alone. In legislation the three estates of the realm are alike concerned, but the concurrence of the Peers and the Crown to a tax, is only necessary to clothe it with the form of a law. The gift and grant is of the Commons alone.
Página 37 - That baneful growth of foreign conquest, or early barbarism, villeinage, had nearly overspread the whole field now covered with the most glorious harvest of liberty and social happiness that ever earth produced, and where not one specimen of the noxious weed remains ; yet it was not ploughed up by revolution, or mown down by the scythe of a Legislative Abolition, but was plucked up, stalk by stalk, by the progressive hand of private and voluntary enfranchisement. Slavery ceased in England only because...
Página 100 - ... laws, or any of them, so far as they do relate to the said plantations, or any of them, or which are any ways repugnant to this present act, or to any other law hereafter to be made in this kingdom, so far as such law shall relate to and mention the said plantations, are illegal, null and void, to all intents and purposes whatsoever.
Página 4 - Why, then, should not the future extinction of slavery in the colonies be accomplished by the same happy means which formerly put an end to it in England — namely, by a benign, though insensible, revolution in opinions and manners ; by the encouragement of particular manumissions, and the progressive melioration of the condition of the Slaves, till it should slide insensibly into freedom ? " Not that the planters should be required to manumit their Negroes, especially on a sudden, without compensation.
Página 101 - The act then proceeds to declare, " that from and after the passing of this act, the king and parliament of Great Britain will not impose any duty, tax, or assessment whatever, payable in any of his majesty's colonies, provinces, or plantations in North America or the West Indies, except only such duties as it may be expedient to impose for the regulation of commerce...
Página 4 - Britain can effect it, but for the future progressive deliverance of our colonial slaves from a most cruel and destructive bondage. Accused by their opponents of meditating a general emancipation, they denied the charge. But it was denied only in the insidious meaning of the imputation itself. They did not aim at an emancipation to be effected by insurrection in the West Indies, or to be ordained precipitately by positive law : but they never denied, and scrupled not to avow, that they did look forward...
Página 19 - Body, to CONCEAL the names of individuals RESIDENT IN, or CONNECTED WITH, the WEST INDIES, who SEND them, from humane motives, useful information. The transmission of it, might otherwise dangerously expose the authors to popular odium or private resentment in that country."!
Página 104 - Mpntserrat, or Antigua, shall be registered according to rules adopted by itself, could take no security that slaves should not be fraudulently put on the registers of those islands, to be transferred by exportation to its own. Nor could it, on the other hand, declare, that negroes, cleared out as slaves from either of those islands, shall not be imported into Nevis. British statutes, as well as royal instructions, must be...

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