Malachy Postlethwayt, 18th century English author/economist, defending the English slave trade in the colonies:
- "We shall take things as they are, and reason from them in their present state, and not from that wherein we could hope them to be...We cannot think of giving up the slave-trade, notwithstanding my good wishes that it could be done."
- "You have endowed men so that he can gather these things concerning himself from others, and even on the words of weak women believe much about himself."
- "Some of the men and women who know most about the facts, and who are our representatives in this task, express their confident hope that this century may be known in history as the time when this dark blot was removed from human life."
- "Thanksgiving Day is no longer a solemn festival to God for mercies given. It is a holiday granted by the State and Nation to see a game of football."