The Wrongs of the Animal World: To Which Is Subjoined the Speech of Lord Erskine on the Same Subject (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Wrongs of the Animal World: To Which Is Subjoined the Speech of Lord Erskine on the Same Subject

While the arguments which opposed his efforts have become a fading shadow, buried with their authors beneath the unforgiving grave, and recol lected only by the contrast of his humanity, an ever lasting tree of mercy springs above his tomb, and shades with grateful freshness the memory of him who first for beasts asserted a claim to legal surety. Nor is there an event more singular and sublime, more foreign to the class of party and its pretended ends; than that first freedom of spirit, which, setting foot on prejudice and blind custom, dared to look with candour on these humble slaves, and made the senate walls reverberate in their defence; with accents so different to the grating contests of the world and its self-interested voice, that we exclaim.

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