William Wilberforce

Wilberforce's Abolition Speech - 06 Plea to Opponents

Having now disposed of the first part of this subject, I must speak of the transit of the slaves in the West Indies. This I confess, in my own opinion, is the most wretched part of the whole subject. So much misery condensed in so little room, is more than the human
imagination had ever before conceived. I will not accuse the Liverpool merchants: I will allow them, nay, I will believe them to be men of humanity; and I will therefore believe, if it were not for the enormous magnitude and extent of the evil which distracts their
attention from individual cases, and makes them think generally, and therefore less feelingly on the subject, they would never have persisted in the trade.

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