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Sewalls Response to Mathers The Negro Christianized Cotton Mather and Samuel Sewall clearly disagree on the legality of slavery For Sewall it is most important that slaves be given the same freedom as all men for Mather it is most important that slaves be Christianized and given the opportunity of eternal light through the grace of Jesus Christ Christianizing slaves according to Sewall neither makes possession of them legal nor improves the providence of their masters Mather indicates that Christianization of African slaves will accrue benefits to their masters in the next life while Sewall believes that Christianization ameliorates the possibility of their masters receiving Gods grace According to Mather You deny your Master in Heaven if you do nothing to bring your Servants unto the Knowledge and Service of that glorious Master Mather 335 So to Mather a master disserves not only God and Africans but also himself by missing the opportunity to Christianize his slaves On the other hand Sewall writes The extraordinary and comprehensive Benefit accruing to the Church of God and to Joseph personally did not rectify his brethrens Sale of him Sewall 326 Essentially Sewall believes that any attempt to improve the quality of a slaves life Christianization or otherwise does not outweigh the immorality of their purchase and possession For he that shall in this case plead Alteration of Property seems to have forfeited a great part of his own claim to Humanity Sewall 324 Consequently owners in Sewalls view jeopardize their own salvation Humanity by owning slaves In addition Sewall feels that it is wrong to separate Africans from their native land and that attempts at Christianization if any should occur in Africa however Mather writes that Christianization offers both removal from their savage land and salvation To Christianize them aright will be to fill them with all Goodness Christianity is nothing but the very Mass of Universal Goodness Mather 335 In addition to this Goodness
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