been forfeited by us since our establishment in this colony. Our loyalty to Your Majesty, and long-tried attachment to the mother country, are indisputable; and, preserving these unimpeached and unimpaired, we claim the full enjoyment of all the liberties, franchises, and immunities of free denizens, in perfect equality with those who reside more immediately under the royal protection. For the Parliament of Great Britain we entertain all due respect and veneration; but we presume to think that to receive complaints and hear grievances is a great part of their duty, and to redress and obviate them, their chief glory. . . .1
EDMUND BURKE TO HENRY DUNDAS 16 April 17922
Beaconsfield, Easter-Monday night, 1792.
I should have been punctual in sending you the sketch I promised of my old African Code,3 if some friends from London had not come in upon me last Saturday, and engaged me till noon this day: I send this packet by one of them who is still here. If what I send be, as under present circumstances it must be, imperfect, you will excuse it, as being done near twelve years ago. . . .
If the African trade could be considered with regard to itself only, and as a single object, I should think the utter abolition to be on the whole more advisable than any scheme of regulation and reform. Rather than suffer it to continue as it is, I heartily wish it at an end. What has been lately done has been done by a popular spirit, which seldom calls for, and indeed very rarely relishes, a system made up of____________________