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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Slaves
 
Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs
Receive our air, that moment they are free;
They touch our country, and their shackles fall.
        Cowper.—The Task, Book II. Line 40.
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And this spirit of liberty is so deeply implanted in our constitution, and rooted in our very soil, that a slave or negro, the moment he lands in England, falls under the protection of the laws, and so far becomes a freeman.
        Salkeld’s Reports, 666; Sommerset’s Case, 20; State Trials, 79; Loft’s Report, 1; Blackstone’s Comm., 127, 424; see also Grace’s Case, reported by Dr. Haggard.
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