The General Associate Synod (Antiburgher Seceders) on the African slave-trade and Britain’s blood-guiltiness

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The attention of the nation being excited to the African slave-trade, carried on by British subjects under parliamentary sanction; it was moved in the Synod, in May 1788, that they should petition Parliament for its abolition. The Synod judged it inexpedient for them to appear as petitioners in their judicative character; but agreed in expressing their detestation of this infamous traffic, as inconsistent both with religion and with humanity; and published their judgment on this head to the world. …

In our skirts is to be found the blood of many innocents. While this generation lies under the unspeakable guilt of shedding the blood of the saints in the last period of persecution, which has never been generally confessed and lamented; how many thousands have perished in consequence of the unlawful and inhuman traffic called The Slave Trade!

For many years past, the laws against the shocking crime of child-murder have not been duly executed. The horrid practice of duelling has long been the fashionable method of avenging an affront. Though good laws exist against this species of deliberate murder, they are but too seldom put in execution. But when the righteous Judge ariseth to make inquisition for blood, shall not he visit for these things: shall not his soul be avenged on such a nation as this? ...

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