A Practical View of the Present State of Slavery in the West Indies, Or, An Examination of Mr. Stephen's "Slavery of the British West India Colonies": Containing More Particularly an Account of the Actual Condition of the Negroes in Jamaica : with Observations on the Decrease of the Slaves Since the Abolition of the Slave Trade, and on the Probable Effects of Legislative Emancipation : Also, Strictures on the Edinburgh Review, and on the Pamphlets of Mr. Cooper and Mr. Bickell

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Smith, Elder & Company, 1827 - Blacks - 462 pages

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Page 63 - Where this is the case in any part of the world, those who are free are by far the most proud and jealous of their freedom. Freedom is to them not only an enjoyment, but a kind of rank and privilege. Not seeing there that freedom, as in countries where it is a common blessing and as broad and general as the air, may be united with much abject toil, with great misery, with all the exterior of servitude, liberty looks amongst them like something that is more noble and liberal.
Page 190 - ... or shall wilfully, maliciously, and unlawfully administer to, or cause to be administered to, or taken by any of his Majesty's subjects, any deadly poison, or other noxious and destructive substance or thing, with intent such his Majesty's subject or subjects thereby to murder, or thereby to cause and procure the miscarriage of any woman then being quick with child...
Page 189 - Of all species of deaths, the most detestable is that of poison; because it can of all others be the least prevented either by manhood or forethought'.
Page 24 - And whereas it has been found that the practice of ignorant, superstitious, or designing slaves, of attempting to instruct others, has been attended with the most pernicious consequences, and even with the loss of life : Be it enacted, That any slave or slaves, found guilty of preaching and teaching as Anabaptists, or otherwise, without a permission from their owner and the quarter sessions for the parish in which such preaching or teaching takes place, shall be punished in such manner as any three...
Page x - Are you, in point of fact, at this moment able to protect yourselves against your slaves without our assistance ? If you can still rise up and lie down in security — if you can still eat the bread of the fatherless, and grind the faces of the poor — if you can still hold your petty parliaments, and say your little speeches, and move your little motions — if you can still outrage and insult th Parliament and people of England, to what do you owe it?
Page 324 - River, the road appeared of a reddish colour, as if strewed with brick-dust. I dismounted from my horse to examine the cause of so unusual an appearance, and was not a little astonished to find that it was owing to myriads of young black crabs, about the size of the nail of a man's finger, crossing the road, and moving at a pretty pace direct for the mountains. I was concerned to think of the destruction I was causing in travelling through such a body of useful creatures, as I fancied that every...
Page 323 - ... to the planters in dry weather, when vegetation is slow, by nipping off the blade of the young canes and corn as it shoots through the ground. In situations of this kind, the negroes have a somewhat singular method of catching them ; they know from the appearance of a crabhole if there be a crab in it, and dig down with a hoe through the soft loam, till they come to water (about eighteen inches or two feet) ; and then close the hole firmly with a handful of dry grass. In this manner a negro will...
Page 191 - Obeah man, driver on an estate in the parish of St. David, who, by the overwhelming influence he had acquired over the minds of his deluded victims, and the more potent means he had at command to accomplish his ends, had done great injury among the slaves on the property before it was discovered. One of the witnesses, a negro belonging to the same estate, was asked — "Do you know the prisoner to be an Obeah man?' 'Ess, massa, shadow-catcher, true.' 'What do you mean by shadow-catcher?' 'Him ha...

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