"Address to the Public"

Excerpt from Address to the Public

The unhappy man who has long been treated as a brute Animal too frequently sinks beneath the common standard of the human species; the galling chains that bind his body, do also fetter his intellectual faculties, and impair the social affections of his heart; accustomed to move like a meer Machine by the will of a master, Reflection is suspended; he has not the power of Choice, and Reason and Conscience have but little influence over his conduct, because he is chiefly governed by the passion of Fear. He is poor & friendless, perhaps worn out by extreme Labour Age and Disease. Under such circumstances Freedom may often prove a misfortune to himself and prejudicial to Society.

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania


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