|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs|
Receive our air, that moment they are free;
They touch our country, and their shackles fall.
Cowper.The Task, Book II. Line 40.
|And this spirit of liberty is so deeply implanted in our constitution, and rooted in our very soil, that a slave or negro, the moment he lands in England, falls under the protection of the laws, and so far becomes a freeman.|
Salkelds Reports, 666; Sommersets Case, 20; State Trials, 79; Lofts Report, 1; Blackstones Comm., 127, 424; see also Graces Case, reported by Dr. Haggard.