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BRITISH SLAVERY. The attention of the public in the metropolis,
and, indeed, in every part of the empire, has recently been
directed, and directed most humanely, and effectually, to a most
interesting and important class of the community, the dressmakers
and milliners of our country, whose health, interests, moral and
religious welfare, hare been, for a long series of years, most
cruelly neglected. It awakens our astonishment, that the benevolent
and christian inhabitants of this kingdom hare not been aroused to
a consideration, a profound and serious consideration, of this
great question, until the present period, after so much mischief
has been occasioned, and such a train of accumulated and fearful
evils has been entailed. When the multitudes of young females are
contemplated, who have been engaged in dressmaking and millinery
occupations, from generation to generation, and from century to
century; and when the appalling miseries which they have quietly
endured, until they successively dropped into the grave, are
soberly regarded, it is surprising that general attention was not
directed to their case, that public sympathy was not awakened in
their favour, that the voice of a nation's indignation was not
heard pleading loudly on their behalf, and that simultaneous and
determined efforts were not made for the alleviation of their
condition, and for their deliverance from such degrading and
ruinous enthralment, as that in which they were so unfeelingly
held. It is, however, the characteristic of human nature, that all
seek their own. There isnot that inquiry into the condition of
others? that sympathy with the trials of others?that concern for
the happiness of others?and that exertion for the intellectual and
moral elevation of others?which are so beautiful in themse...
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