Thomas Clarkson

Thomas Clarkson
Thomas Clarkson
  • Born: March 28, 1760
  • Died: September 26, 1846
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Activist

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It is astonishing with what facility the African brokers reckon up the exchange of European goods for slaves. One of these brokers has perhaps ten slaves to sell, and for each of these he demands ten different articles. He reduces them immediately by the head to bars, coppers, ounces ... and immediately strikes the balance. The European, on the other hand, takes his pen, and with great deliberation, and with all the advantage of the arithmetick and letters, begins to estimate also. He is so unfortunate often, as to make a mistake; but he no sooner errs, than he is detected by this man of inferiour capacity, whom he can neither deceive in the name or quality of his goods, nor in the balance of his account. Equality & Equal Opportunity ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
It appears first, that liberty is a natural, and government an adventitious right, because all men were originally free. Government
Mankind have their local attachments. They have a particular regard for the spot, in which they were born and nurtured.
Most of the slaves, who were thus unconditionally freed, returned without any solicitation to their former masters, to serve them, at stated wages; as free men. The work, which they now did, was found to better done than before. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Neither can men, by the same principles, be considered as lands, goods, or houses, among possessions. It is necessary that all property should be inferiour to its possessor. But how does the slave differ from his master, but by chance?
Should slavery be abolished there, (and it is an event, which, from these circumstances, we may reasonably expect to be produced in time) let it be remembered, that the Quakers will have had the merit of its abolition. Time
There are few retreats, that can escape the penetrating eye of avarice.
We cannot suppose therefore that God has made an order of beings, with such mental qualities and powers, for the sole purpose of being used as beasts, or instruments of labour. Religion & God
When mankind first saw the necessity of government, it is probable that many had conceived the desire of ruling. Government

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