Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (1772-1834) to Thomas Pringle
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00496.148
Author/Creator: Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (1772-1834)
Place Written: s.l.
Type: Autograph letter signed
Pagination: 4 p. ; 20 x 13 cm.
Summary of Content: Discusses abolition debates in Parliament. Preaches about moral freedoms in regard to reason and conscience.
Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860
Full Transcript: [excerpt:], I [felt] this in the pain inflicted on me by what I cannot but consider a rash, unnecessary, and more than questionable assertion of Mr. Buxton; that if the emancipated Blacks should prove inaccessible to all the motives, which high wages & the prospect of bettering their situation can present, such  a result would make no difference - for that they would only do what every man, as a free agent, has a right to do. Now I ask - would it be right in the Free-agent so to do? Or is our moral freedom, so absolute, as to give a right to do wrong? ... must not Mr. Buxton see, that [this] refusal to work for the Land-owners involves the probable seizure of the Lands for  themselves for provision grounds? And could this be done, without a Guadaloupe & St Domingo massacre of the whites? ... It is the characteristic Civilizability of the Negro Race, as contrasted with the Savage Hunter-tribes of N. America which deepens the guilt of the Colonial  Slave-holder hitherto....
Keywords/Subjects: Poetry;, Abortion;, Slavery;, African American History;, Global History and US Foreign Policy;, Civil Rights;
Sub Era: Age of Jackson
Background: Thomas Pringle was a Scottish abolitionist and poet. Coleridge was a British lyrical poet, critic, philosopher, and abolitionist.
LOC Search Terms: Forums (Discussion and debate)--England--London--Slavery., Ethical absolutism--England--London--Slavery., Christianity--Philosophy.Order Image