beings may be inconsistent, but human nature is true to herself. She has uttered
her testimony against slavery with a shriek ever since the monster was begotten;
and till it perishes amidst the execrations of the universe, she will traverse
the world on its track, dealing her bolts upon its head, and dashing against it
her condemning brand.
Society is based on that great bottom law of human right, that nothing but crime
can forfeit liberty. That no condition of birth, no shade of color, no mere misfortune
of circumstances, can annul that birthright charter, which God has bequeathed
to every being upon whom he has stamped his own image, by making him a free moral
agent, and that he who robs his fellow man of this tramples upon right, subverts
justice, outrages humanity, unsettles the foundation of human safety, and sacrilegiously
assumes the prerogative of God."