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August 27, 2012

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Marc Roark

It sounds like a theologian. I'll go with John Weseley, since he has Southern roots.

Bill Turnier

Robert Wallace in his Dissertation on the Numbers of Mankind?

Alfred Brophy

Very, very good Bill -- now, the question is how did it make it from Wallace into the arguments of counsel? Therein lies a pretty interesting story, I think -- involving a history professor, no less.

Bill Turnier

Via Thomas Dew a former President of W&M, historian and defender of slavery as an institution who quoted Wallace in his defense of slavery. I must confess that I can only do this with the aid of Google.

Alfred Brophy

That's exactly correct, Bill -- and is further evidence of how far Dew's work was traveling. The argument of counsel did not cite Dew, but quoted Wallace whom Dew also quoted -- and then some of the rest of the argument echoes other parts of Dew (like the emphasis on other societies that had slavery).

Wendy

Great.
p.s. Thank you for all the links, Bill

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