There are many more positive conditions of slavery

There are many more positive conditions of slavery than that of one man being the property of another, and being subject to his will and dominion: and if such positive conditions be necessary in every association of men, both under a civilized government as states but little removed from that of nature—if various ranks and …

Some are actually found so far to excell others

[S]ome are actually found so far to excell others both in respect to wisdom and benevolence, both in the knowledge of the principles of propriety, and a disposition to practice such principles, that the general end, happiness, would be better promoted by the exercise of authority in the former, though necessarily involving subordination of the …

Slavery is a violent deprivation of the rights of nature, and inconsistent with a republican government

[S]lavery is a violent deprivation of the rights of nature, and inconsistent with a republican government, and therefore, recommend to our brethren to make use of every legal measure to extirpate this horrible evil from the land; and to pray to Almighty God that our honorable legislature may have it in their power to proclaim …

Every deprivation of freedom is a species of servitude or slavery

Slavery has been, and, from the nature of man, must ever be, a common and general situation of life … . It is certain that, in civil society, every man is restrained of some part of his natural liberty, and is consequently in some degree deprived of his freedom. Every deprivation of freedom is a …