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248. America/Americans; Freedom;
"How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty
among the drivers of negroes?"
Johnson: Taxation No Tyranny
must be agreed that in most ages many countries have had part
of their inhabitants in a state of slavery; yet it may be
doubted whether slavery can ever be supposed the natural
condition of man. It is impossible not to conceive that men in
their original state were equal; and very difficult to imagine
how one would be subjected to another but by violent compulsion.
An individual may, indeed, forfeit his liberty by a crime; but
he cannot by that crime forfeit the liberty of his children.
What is true of a criminal seems true likewise of a captive. A
man may accept life from a conquering enemy on condition of
perpetual servitude; but it is very doubtful whether he can
entail that servitude on his descendants; for o man can
stipulate without commission for another. The condition which he
himself accepts, his son or grandson would have rejected."
666. America; Freedom; Slavery
"Slavery is now no where more patiently endured, than in
countries once inhabited by the zealots of liberty."
Johnson: Idler #11 (June 24, 1758)
"Of black men the numbers are too great who are now repining
under English cruelty."
Johnson: Idler #87 (December 15, 1759)