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Slave Trade, Reports on the, from Lords and Commons, 941–

question as to the wisdom and right for England to continue her
armed opposition, ib.—arguments of political economists regarding,
242—Sir R. Peel's answer to Mr. Milner Gibson's proposal for
repealing the Brazilian Act, ib.-history of the attempts at the
suppression of the slave trade on the coast of Africa, 243-4-cost
of our African squadron, 244_arguments respecting its efficiency
and expense, 245–present prices of slaves in Cuba and Brazil,
246—system of using up,' ib.-effect of again throwing open the
slave trade, 247—evidence before Parliament respecting it, 248-9
- details of probable results, 250 et seq.-methods employed by the
chiefs in Africa for seizing upon the natives, 250_horrors of the
Middle Passage, 251-3—method of stowing slaves on board, 254–
necessity of keeping up an armament for the protection of African
commerce, 255—anecdote illustrating the strong tendency of
slavers to piracy and murder, ib. note—legitimate and peaceful
commerce versus the slave trade, 257-parliamentary evidence re-
lating to, 257-60_effects of the slave trade on our West India
colonies, 261-certain results of the withdrawal of our African

squadron, 262.
Spain, its condition in the fourteenth century, 139—Behetrias,'

Spartacus, notice of his revolt, 71.

Tasso, Torquato, review of the Life of, edited by the Rev. H. Mil-
man, 533— diligence displayed by the editor, 536—Italy in the
16th century, 559—father of Tasso, 560—the Sabine farm, 561–
Manso, 552—birth, childhood, and legal studies of Tasso, 562—3—
Padua and Bologna, 564-6-Ferrara, 566-Lucrezia and Leonora,
566-8-recital of the · Aminta,' 569— Jerusalem Delivered,'

570-72—its reception, 573—his death, 574.
Toledo, siege of, 169.

Voltaire, peculiarities of his character, 193-4-nature of his scepti-

cism, 194-5-his immorality, 195—his egotism, 196—his wit, ib.-
the present Voltairians, 197—his power compared with that of
Rousseau, 199—his influence on Göthe, 201.

Wall's History of Infant Baptism,' notice of, 283.




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