The British Colonies: Their History, Extent, Condition and Resources, Volume 4

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Page 8 - So loving, so tractable, so peaceable are these people," says Columbus in his journal, " that I swear to your majesties, there is not in the world' a better nation, nor a better land. They love their neighbors as themselves ; and their discourse is ever sweet and gentle, and accompanied with a smile ; and though it is true that they are naked, yet their manners are decorous and praiseworthy.
Page 6 - Here are large lakes," says he, in his journal, " and the groves about them are marvelous, and here and in all the island every thing is green, as in April in Andalusia. The singing of the birds is such, that it seems as if one would never desire to depart hence. There are flocks of parrots which obscure the sun, and other birds, large and small, of so many kinds all different from ours, that it is wonderful ; and beside, there are trees of a thousand species, each having its particular fruit and...
Page 4 - On landing he threw himself on his knees, kissed the earth, and returned thanks to God with tears of joy. His example was followed by the rest. whose hearts indeed overflowed with the same feelings of gratitude.
Page 27 - The wretch that was burnt was made to sit on the ground, and his body being chained to an iron stake, the fire was applied to his feet. He uttered not a groan, and saw his legs reduced to ashes with the utmost firmness and composure...
Page 38 - That the state of slavery is repugnant to the principles of the British Constitution, and of the Christian Religion, and that it ought to be abolished gradually throughout the British colonies, with as much expedition as may be found consistent with a due regard to the well-being of the parties concerned.
Page 4 - ... he assumed a decided tone. He told them it was useless to murmur; the expedition had been sent by the sovereigns to seek the Indies, and, happen what might, he was determined to persevere, until, by the blessing of God, he should accomplish the enterprise.
Page 38 - 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.
Page 2 - That there is a part of the world in which all things are topsy-turvy : where the trees grow with their branches downward, and where it rains, hails and snows upward 1 The idea of the roundness of the earth...
Page 6 - They beheld several of the natives going about with firebrands in their hands, and certain dried herbs which they rolled up in a leaf, and lighting one end, put the other in their mouths, and continued exhaling aud puffing out the smoke. A roll of this kind they called a tobacco, a name since transferred to the plant of which the rolls were made.
Page 148 - ... in the West Indies. The valley runs up for many miles in a gently inclined plane between mountains of irregular heights and shapes, most of which are clothed up to their cloudy canopies with rich parterres of green coffee which perfumes the whole atmosphere even to some distance over the sea; the river rolls a deep and roaring stream down the middle of the vale, and is joined at the outlet of each side ravine by a mountain torrent, whilst at the top...

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