An Abstract of the Evidence Delivered Before a Select Committee of the House of Commons, in the Years 1790 and 1791: On the Part of the Petitioners for the Abolition of the Slave Trade ...

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J. Phillips, 1792 - Slave-trade - 141 pages
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Page 34 - They had not so much room as a man in his coffin, either in length or breadth. It was impossible for them to turn or shift with any degree of ease. He had often occasion to go from one side of their...
Page 51 - For this purpofe the fhell blows, and they hurry into the field. If they are not there in time they are flogged. When put" to their work, they perform it in rows, and without exception under the whip of drivers^ a certain number of whom are allotted to each gang. By thefe means the weak are made to keep up with the ftrong.
Page 41 - The slaves were accordingly brought up to witness the operation. One of them by a violent exertion got loose and flying to the place where the nettings had been unloosed in order to empty the tubs, he darted overboard. The ship brought to, a man was placed in the main chains to catch him which he perceiving, made signs which words cannot express expressive of his happiness in escaping. He then went down and was seen no more.
Page 36 - Brookes Plan," along with an elaborate delineation of its dimensions from the investigative reporting of Perry himself: "Let it now be supposed . . . further, that every man slave is to be allowed six feet by one foot four inches for room, every woman five feet ten by one foot four, every boy five feet by one foot two, and every girl four feet six by one foot . . ." (2:592, n). The owner of "The Brookes, "James Jones, had recommended that "five females be reckoned as four males, and three boys or...
Page 31 - ... of extreme anguish, he repeatedly ordered the woman who had been his interpreter, to inquire into the cause. She discovered it to be owing to their having dreamed they were in their own country again, and finding themselves, when awake, in the hold of a slave ship.
Page 66 - ... morning with the General and two other officers, they saw near a house, upon a dunghill, a naked negro nearly suspended by strings from his elbows backwards, to the bough of a tree, with his feet barely upon the ground, and an iron weight round his neck, at least, to the appearance of fourteen pounds weight ; and thus without one creature near him, or apparently near the house, was this wretch left, exposed to the noonday sun.
Page 34 - ... him. In every voyage when the ship was full they complained of heat and want of air. Confinement in this situation was so injurious, that he has known them go down apparently in good health at night and found dead in the morning.
Page 41 - Some of the slaves," he testified, "wished to die on an idea that they should then get back to their own country. The captain in order to obviate this idea, thought of an expedient viz. to cut off the heads of those who died intimating to them that if determined to go, they must return without heads. The slaves were accordingly brought up to witness the operation. One of them by a violent exertion got loose and flying to the place where the...
Page 35 - Town's ships some have gone below well in an evening, and in the morning have been found dead, and Mr. Newton has often seen a dead and living man chained together and to use his own words, one of the pair dead.
Page 32 - ... morning. In the interval of being upon deck they are fed twice. They have also a pint of water allowed to each of them a day, which being divided is served out to them at two different times, namely, after their meals. " These meals, says Mr. Falconbridge, consist of rice, yams, and horse-beans, with now and then a little beef and bread. After meals they are made to jump in their irons. This is called dancing by the slave-dealers.

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