An economic argument in support of slavery

Countrymen, reflect a moment on what you are about! - the Sugar colonies, the trade of which is of more advantage to this country than most who talk on the subject are aware of, will soon be lost to us. The capital employed in the culture of the colonies it is said, and I believe truly, to amount to between sixty and seventy millions, two thirds or more of which, belong to the subjects residing in this kingdom. Can England in her involved situation, owing at this moment, 240,000,000l, afford to lose so immense a sum? For the lands cannot be cultivated, nor the manufacture of sugar, &c. carried on, without the trade your ill-judged zeal wants to put an end to. Are you prepared with a fund to make up a compensation to the planters, merchants, and thousands of annuitants, whose daily bread depends on the produce of this beneficial commerce with the West India Islands? - You mistakingly treat this business as though you yourselves were not concerned in the event; short sighted must that man be who is so deluded. I have good reason to believe, that nearly one third of the commerce of this kingdom depends on the African trade, directly or collaterally. - If you give up your trade, what must become of your navy, the bulwark of England? -  remember that every mariner you lose for want of employment, goes into the scale of rival nations, who have, at this moment, agents, formenting this madness that has spread itself amongst the multitude. - The cry is humanity; - I am free enough to call it the cry and folly and enthusiasm; for supposing all the stories that have been propagated and written upon this subject, for a moment, to be

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