Titel: Herinnering aan Petrus de Raadt
Auteur: Kramers, J.H.
Uitgave: Rotterdam: Kramers, 1863
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 674 D 42
Onderwerp: Pedagogiek: opvoeding binnen opvoedingsinstellingen
Trefwoord: 1800-1900, Pedagogen, Bibliografieën (vorm), Raadt, Petrus de
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additional observations. Are we justified, I ask, on an\
one ground of theory, or by any one instance to be
found in the history of the world, from its very begin-
ning to this day, in forming the supposition which 1
an) now combating!' Are we justified in supposing that
the particular practice which we encourage in Africa,
of men's selling each other tbr slaves, is any symptom
of a barbarism that is incurable? Are we justified iu
supposing that even the practice of offering up human
sacrifices proves a total incapacity for civilization? I believe
it will be found, and perhaps much more generally than
is supposed, that both the trade in slaves, and the still
more savage custom of ottering human sacrifices, obtained
in former ]jeriods throughout many of those nations which
now, by the blessings of Providence, and by a long
progression of improvements, are advanced the farthest
civilization. 1 believe. Sir, that if we will reflect an
instant, we shall find that this observation comes directly
home to ourselves; and that, ou the same ground on
which we are now disposed to proscribe .Vfrica for ever
from all possibility of improvement, we ourselves might,
iu like manner, have been proscribed and for ever shut
out from all the blessings which we now enjoy .
There was a time. Sir, which it may be fit sometimes
to revive in the remembrance of our countrymen, when
even human sacrifices are said to have been offered iu
tliis island. But I would peculiarly observe on this
day, for it is a case precisely iu point, that the very
practice of the slave-trade ouce prevailed amoung us.
Slaves, as we may read iu Henry's History of Great
Britain, were formerly an established article of our exports.
Great numbers" he says, //were exported like cattle, from