Jamaica Under the Apprenticeship System

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J. Andrews, 1838 - Apprentices - 111 pages
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Page cxvi - I come to the conclusion, that the perfect success of the new system, during the continuance of the apprenticeship, depends entirely on the conduct of the white people, and that, if it fails, on them will rest the entire blame.
Page cxvii - The whipping of females, you were informed by me, officially, was in practice ; and I called upon you to make enactments to put an end to conduct so repugnant to humanity, and so contrary to law. So far from passing an Act to prevent the recurrence of such cruelty, you have in no way expressed your disapprobation of it. I communicated to you my opinion, and that of the Secretary of State, of the injustice of cutting off the hair of females in the House of Correction, previous to trial. You have paid...
Page cxviii - ... you have in no way expressed your disapprobation of it. I communicated to you my opinion, and that of the Secretary of State, of the injustice of cutting off the hair of females in the House of Correction, previous to trial : you have paid no attention to the subject. " I informed the House, that in the opinion of the British Government, the taxation imposed by the local authorities on the property of apprentices was quite illegal : you totally disregarded this suggestion.
Page cxviii - England for the support of education in the colonies, with the promise of still further assistance being afforded, and you have taken no steps to make it available. I transmitted to you...
Page cxviii - K authorities on the property of apprentices was quite illegal ; you totally disregarded this suggestion. " I sent you down no less than four messages on the subject of an extended system of education ; as no measure on the subject has emanated from the House, can I do otherwise than conclude that you are indifferent to it ? I informed you...
Page xix - It is, indeed, fully proved that the labor, thus voluntarily performed by the negro, is more effective than that which was obtained from him while in a state of slavery, or which is now given to his employer during the period for which he is compelled to work as an apprentice. The mutual suspicion and irritation of the different classes of the community appear to be gradually subsiding ; and on the part of the negro population, industrious habits, and the desire of moral and physical improvement,...
Page xix - ... whenever they are fairly and considerately treated by their employers. It is, indeed, fully proved, that the labour thus voluntarily performed by the negro is more effective than that which was obtained from him while in a state of slavery, or which is now given to his employer during the period for which he is compelled to work as an VOL.
Page cxxxi - ... are to be liberally and beneficially expounded. This may seem a contradiction to the last rule ; most statutes against frauds being in their consequences penal. But this difference is here to be taken: where the statute acts upon the offender, and inflicts a penalty, as the pillory or a fine, it is then to be taken strictly ; but when the statute acts upon the offence, by setting aside the fraudulent transaction, here it is to be construed liberally.
Page cxiii - The quality of the sugar made this year, is bona fidi- far superior to what has been heretofore made by night work on the majority of estates in this island. 2. There has been by far less stock lost in this year's crop than in thal of preceding years, and in many places, it has been taken off by a smaller number.
Page cxiv - This maybe in part owing to his peculiar qualifications; but it is off; in this they were wrong, as it has been taken off in many places much earlier than usual : and if protracted in others, it has been as much from the weather, and the refusal to give wages in many instances, as from any other cause affecting the success of the new system.

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