Colonial Slavery: Letters to the Right Hon. William Huskisson, President of the Board of Trade, &c., &c. on the Present Condition of the Slaves, and the Means Best Adapted to Promote the Mitigation and Final Extinction of Slavery in the British Colonies

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Harris and Company; sold by W. Grapel and G. & J. Robinson, 1824 - Antislavery movements - 86 pages

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Page xvii - 2. That, through a determined and persevering, but at the same time judicious and temperate enforcement of such measures, this House looks forward to a progressive improvement in the character of the slave population, such as may prepare them for a participation in those civil rights and privileges which are enjoyed by other classes of His Majesty's subjects.
Page xvii - That this House is anxious for the accomplishment of this purpose at the earliest period that shall be compatible with the well-being of the slaves themselves, with the safety of the colonies, and with a fair and equitable consideration of the interests of private property."] Mr.
Page xxvi - At a dining party of five or six gentlemen, I heard one of the guests, who is reputed a respectable planter, say, in the course of conversation, that he shot at one of his slaves last year with intent to kill him for running away ; that on another occasion, finding that two runaway slaves had taken refuge on his plantation, he invited some of his friends out of town to dinner and a frolic ; that after dinner they went out to hunt the slaves, and hearing a rustling in the reeds or canes in which they...
Page 46 - I love to dwell on these details of colonial industry, because they prove to the inhabitants of Europe, what to the enlightened inhabitants of the colonies has long ceased to be doubtfur, — that the continent of Spanish America can produce sugar and indigo by free hands, and that the unhappy slaves are capable of becoming peasants, farmers, and landholders."* FROM VALENCIA TO PUERTO CABELLO.
Page xviii - Pharisaical dictation to promote them to the discharge of their duty; but, if left to their own guidance, steadily pursue that line of conduct which comports with the loyalty of their feelings, their regard to the safety, honour, and welfare of the island, and the peace and happiness of their fellow-subjects and dependents.
Page xxvi - Does not your blood curdle? Yet he did not appear to be sensible that he was telling any thing extraordinary, nor to understand the silence of astonishment and horror. I could extend this sad recital, but why should I harrow up your feelings? No incident could supply, indeed imagination could scarcely conceive, a more striking and decisive proof than is afforded by the last anecdote, of the degree to which the negro is degraded in the public estimation. If any place is allotted to him in the scale...
Page 46 - In all these excursions we were agreeably surprised, not only at the progress of agriculture, but the increase of a free, laborious population, accustomed to toil, and too poor to rely on the assistance of slaves. White and black farmers had every where small separate establishments. Our host, whose father had a revenue of 40,000 piastres...
Page 23 - Every unmarried white man, and of every class, has his black or his brown mistress, with whom he lives openly ; and of so little consequence is this thought, that his white female friends and relations think it no breach of decorum to visit his house, partake of his hospitality, fondle his children, and converse with his housekeeper...
Page 4 - They are built of hard-wood posts, either boarded or wattled and plastered, and the roof formed of shingles (wood split and dressed into the shape of slates, and used as a substitute for them), or thatched with the leaves of the sugarcane, or the branches of the mountain cabbage :* this latter is of so durable a nature that it will last for thirty or forty years.

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