Slavery, or an absolute and unlimited power in the master over the life and fortune of the slave, is unauthorized by the common law.




Slavery, or an absolute and unlimited power in the master over the life and fortune of the slave, is unauthorized by the common law.

Slavery, or an absolute and unlimited power in the master over the life and fortune of the slave, is unauthorized by the common law. --James Wilson

Slavery, or an absolute and unlimited power in the master over the life and fortune of the slave, is unauthorized by the common law. Indeed, it is repugnant to the principles of natural law, that such a state should subsist in any social system. The reasons which we sometimes see assigned for the origin and the continuance of slavery appear, when examined to the bottom, to be built upon a false foundation. In the enjoyment of their persons and of their property, the common law protects all.

James Wilson

Year: 1790-1792
Context: Of the Natural Rights of Individuals
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