The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, The African HTML version
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To the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and the
Commons of the Parliament of Great Britain.
My Lords and Gentlemen,
Permit me, with the greatest deference and respect, to lay at your
feet the following genuine Narrative; the chief design of which is
to excite in your august assemblies a sense of compassion for the
miseries which the Slave-Trade has entailed on my unfortunate
countrymen. By the horrors of that trade was I first torn away from
all the tender connexions that were naturally dear to my heart; but
these, through the mysterious ways of Providence, I ought to
regard as infinitely more than compensated by the introduction I
have thence obtained to the knowledge of the Christian religion,
and of a nation which, by its liberal sentiments, its humanity, the
glorious freedom of its government, and its proficiency in arts and
sciences, has exalted the dignity of human nature.
I am sensible I ought to entreat your pardon for addressing to you a