Godwin,* a clergyman of the Established Church, and Baxter,† the celebrated nonconformist Divine, had, in writings published so early as the end of the 17th century, protested loudly against this Trade. Baxter had observed, that " They who go out as pirates, " and take away poor Africans, and make " them Slaves and sell them, are the worst 6 6 of robbers, and ought to be considered the " common enemies of mankind ; and that " they who buy them and make use of them

" as mere beasts of burden are fitter to be " called Demons than Christians."