Creating the Declaration of Independence

Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved, 1764

Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved, Slavery section

The Colonists are by the law of nature free born, as indeed all men are, white or black. . . . Nothing better can be said in favor of a trade, that is the most shocking violation of the law of nature, has a direct tendency to diminish the idea of the inestimable value of liberty, and makes every dealer in it a tyrant, from the director of an African company to the petty chapman in needles and pins on the unhappy coast. It is a clear truth, that those who every day barter away other mens liberty, will soon care little for their own.

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