Quotation by James Boswell

To abolish a status, which in all ages God has sanctioned, and man has continued, would not only be robbery to an innumerable class of our fellow-subjects; but it would be extreme cruelty to the African Savages, a portion of whom it saves from massacre, or intolerable bondage in their own country, and introduces into a much happier state of life; especially now when their passage to the West-Indies and their treatment there is humanely regulated.
James Boswell (1740–1795), Scottish author. (Originally published 1791). Life of Johnson, September 23, 1777, p. 878, Oxford University Press (1980).

This passage immediately follows Johnson's rejection of slavery.
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