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By MRS. CHILD,
AUTHOR OF THE MOTHER'S BOOK, THE GIRL'S OWN BOOK,

THE FRUGAL HOUSEWIFE, ETC.

“We have offended, Oh! my countrymen!
We have offended very grievously,
And been most tyrannous. From east to west
A groan of accusation pierces Heaven!
The wretched plead against us; multitudes,
Countless and vehement, the sons of God,
Our brethren!

COLERIDGE.

NEW-YORK:

PUBLISHED BY JOHN S. TAYLOR.

1836.

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PREFACE.

READER, I beseech you not to throw down this volume as soon as you have glanced at the title. Read it, if your prejudices will allow, for the very truth's sake If I have the most trifling claims upon your good will, for an hour's amusement to yourself, or benefit to your children, read it for my sake :—Read it, if it be merely to find fresh occasion to sneer at the vulgarity of the cause :-Read it, from sheer curiosity to see what a woman (who had much better attend to her household concerns) will say upon such a subject: :-Read it, on any terms, and my purpose will be gained.

The subject I have chosen admits of no encomiums on my country; but as I generally make it an object to supply what is most needed, this circumstance is unimportant; the market is so glutted with flattery, that a little truth may be acceptable, were it only for its rarity.

I am fully aware of the unpopularity of the task I have undertaken; but though I expect ridicule and censure, it is not in my nature to fear them.

A few years hence, the opinion of the world will be a matter in which I have not even the most transient interest ; but this book will be abroad on its mission of humanity, long after the hand that wrote it is mingling with the dust.

Should it be the means of advancing, even one single hour, the inevitable progress of truth and justice, I would not exchange the consciousness for all Rothchild's wealth, or Sir Walter's fame.

IN DE X.

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Page
Adams, John,

109
Adams, J. Quincy,

109
Africa benighted by Slavery,

9
African Repository, Extracts
from,

123, 133, 137
African Individuals of distinc-
tion,

. 157 to 167
Amalgamation.

132, 200
Ancient and Modern Slavery com-
pared,

38
Anti-Slavery Society, :

142
Appleton, Mr.

78
Baptism supposed to confer free-
dom,

58
Bible opposed to siavery,

32
Blood-hounds,

27
Brown, Moses,

98
Brodnax, Mr.

79
Capt. Riley,

73
Charles 5th, refused to sanction
the slave-trade,

8
Child follows the condition of its
mother,

40
Christianity abolished slavery, 58
Clay, Henry,

77, 136
Clothing of Slaves,

44
Code Noir,

46, 49, 54
Colonization,

123
Cruelties to Slaves, 17, 24, 26, 28
Devonshire, Duchess of,

215
Democracy of the North,

112
District of Columbia,

216
Duelling,

113
Dymond, Jonathan,

147
Eastern and Western Virginia, 119
Effect of Slavery on the Masters, 22
Egyptians,

149
Elizabethof England tolerated
the trade,

8
Emancipation safe,

87
English formerly sold to Irish, 58
Entailed upon us by England,

75
Ethiopians,

149
Everett, Alexander H.

176
Evidence of colored persons not

admitted,
Faulkner, Mr.

79
Female slaves unprotected,

23
Fierceness and pride induced by
Slavery,

113
Food of Slaves,

44
French planter's ideas of religion
for Slaves,

58
Free Labor,

76
Garrison, Mr.

209
Gentoo Code,

52

Page
Gholson, Mr.

102
Grecian Slavery,

47, 53, 54, 56
Happiness of Slaves,

140
Hayne, Mr.

103
Hayti,

86, 121
Hebrews,

48, 52, 55
Helots,

47
Humanity of masters, how far a
protection,

72
Indian treatment of Slaves, 46
Inequality of laws for offences, 60
Insurrections,

194
Intellect of Africans,

151, 170
Internal slave-trade,

33
Interest to treat slaves well, 30
Jefferson, Thomas,

22
Kenrick, John,

215
Kidnapping,

34, 65
Labor compulsory and uncompen-
sated,

41
Lafayette,

97
Laws regulating labor,

43, 44
Laws obstruct emancipation, 54
Laws to perpetuate ignorance, 59, 67,70
Laws against Free Colored Peo-
ple,

63
Louis 13th,

8
Marriages, laws concerning, 196
Martineau, Harriet,

83
Masters have absolute power to
punish,

49
Miller, Gov. of S. Carolina,

103
Missouri Question,

120
Moral Character of Africans, 177
Moss, Mary and Helen,
New-England kept in check by

jealousy of the Slave States,
North and South,

3!
Ohio and Kentucky,

86
Offences punished in Slaves, 61
Park, Mungo,

177
Pauperism, comparative in Wesi
Indics,

90
Petitions,

216
Pinckney, Charles,

108
Political power of Slave Siates, 111
Portuguese,

7, 48, 54
Prejudice against color almost un-

known in other countries, 135, 208
Prejudice cherished by Coloniza-
tion,

133
Prejudice, instances of, : 198 to 209
Quakers,

213
Religious privileges of Slaves, 57
Roane, Mr.

139
Roman Slaves,

47, 54, 56

45, 48

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