(12) state not only in this commonwealth, but in such of our sister states as have either perfected, or commenced the great work of its extirpation; with the means they have adopted to effect it, and those which the circumstances and situation of our country may render it most expedient for us to pursue, for the attainment of the same noble and important end. (c)
According to Justinian, * the first general division of persons, in respect to their rights is into freemen and slaves. It is equally the glory and the happiness of that country from which the citizens of the United States derive their origin, that the traces of slavery, such as at the-resent exists in several of the United States, are there utterly extinguished. It is not my design to enter into a minute enquiry whether it ever had existence there, nor to compare the situations of villeins, during the exists once of pure villenage, with that of modern domestic slaves. The records of those times, at least, such as have reached this
(c) The Author here takes the liberty of making his acknowledgments to the reverend Jeremiah Belknap, D. D. of Boston, and to Zephaniah Swift, Esq. representative in congress from Connecticut for their obliving communications; he hath occasionally made use of them in several parts of this Lecture, where he may have omitted referring to them.