Written on Reading in the Edinburgh Review Some Remarks on the Continuation
of the Slave Trade by Spain and Portugal
The Morning Chronicle (September 14, 1812)
Best of Allies! Britannia tries
To rescue, by her aid,
A land from foes and public woes,
Where slavery's a trade.
O, Sons of Spain! may you regain
The liberty you've lost;
They will not buy the blessing high
Who know so well its cost;
But 'twould be right, while freemen fight
And stud your land with graves,
That you forbore to seek the shore
Of Africa for slaves.