It is due to justice; due to humanity; due to truth; to the sympathies of our nature…
It is due to justice; due to humanity; due to truth; to the sympathies of our nature; in fine, to our character as a people, both abroad and at home, that they should be considered, as much as possible, in the light of human beings, and not as mere property. As such, they are acted upon by our laws, and have an interest in our laws.
Context: Speech at the Virginia Ratifying Convention
Tags: character, human beings, humanity, justice, laws, people, property, sympathies, truth