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Samboe; or, The African Boy by Mary Ann Hedge

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SAMBOE; OR, THE AFRICAN BOY.

BY THE AUTHOR OF "Twilight Hours Improved," &c. &c.

And man, where Freedom's beams and fountains rise, Springs from the dust, and blossoms to the skies. Dead to the joys of light and life, the slave Clings to the clod; his root is in the grave. Bondage is winter, darkness, death, despair; Freedom the sun, the sea, the mountain, and the air!

Montgomery.

London: PRINTED FOR HARVEY AND DARTON, GRACECHURCH STREET.

1823.

TO WILLIAM WILBERFORCE, Esq. M. P.

THIS SMALL VOLUME, DIFFIDENTLY AIMING TO SERVE THE CAUSE OF HUMANITY IS, BY HIS KIND PERMISSION TO GIVE IT THE SANCTION OF HIS NAME, HUMBLY DEDICATED; WITH EVERY SENTIMENT OF UNFEIGNED VENERATION AND RESPECT FOR HIS EXALTED PATRIOTIC AND PRIVATE VIRTUES,

And grateful acknowledgment OF HIS CONDESCENSION, IN HONOURING WITH HIS ATTENTION THE HUMBLE EFFORTS OF

THE AUTHOR.

ADVERTISEMENT.

It has been justly remarked, "that all who read may become enlightened;" for readers, insensibly imbibing the sentiments of others, and having their own latent sensibilities called forth, contract, progressively, virtuous inclinations and habits; and thereby become fitted to unite with their fellow beings, in the removal or amelioration of any of the evils of life. With a full conviction of this, I have attempted, and now offer to my young readers, the present little work. To the rising generation, I am told, the great question of the slave trade is little known; the abolition of it, by our legislature, having taken place either before many of them existed, or at too early a period of their lives to excite any interest. Present circumstances, however, in reference to the subject, ensure for it an intense interest, in every heart feeling the blessing of freedom and all the sweet charities of home; blessings which it is our care to dispose the youthful heart duly to appreciate, and hence to feel for those, deprived, by violence and crime, of these high privileges of man.

It is true, England has achieved the triumph of humanity, in effacing from her Christian character so dark a stain as a traffic in human beings; a commerce, "the history of which is written throughout in characters of blood." Yet there are but too strong evidences that it is yet pursued to great and fearful extent by other nations, notwithstanding the solemn obligations they have entered into to suppress it; obligations "imposed on every Christian state, no less by the religion it professes, than by a regard to its national honour;" and notwithstanding it has been branded with infamy, at a solemn congress of the great Christian powers, as a crime of the deepest dye. Of this there has long been most abundant melancholy proof; yet, under its present contraband character, it has been attended by, if possible, unprecedented enormities and misery, as well as involving the base and cruel agents of it in the further crime of deliberate perjury, in order to conceal their nefarious employment.

Surely, then, no age can scarcely be too immature, in which to sow the seeds of abhorrence in the young breast, against this blood stained, demoralizing commerce! Surely, no means, however trivial, should be neglected, to arouse the spirit of youth against it! It would be tedious, and, indeed, inconsistent with the brevity of this little work, to name the number of the great and the good who have protested against, and sacrificed their time and their treasure to abolish it... Continue reading book >>




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