A Private Journal Kept During the Niger Expedition: From the Commencement in May, 1841, Until the Recall of the Expedition in June, 1842

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J. F. Shaw, 1843 - Africa, West - 139 pages
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Page 5 - And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel ; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.
Page 133 - ... of the effects of this virus on the white population of Sierra Leone is more or less equally applicable to all: — Those who are not absolutely ill are always ailing; in fact, all the white people seem to belong to a population of invalids. The sallowness of their complexion, the listlessness of their looks, the attenuation of their limbs, the instability of gait, and the feebleness of the whole frame, that are so observable in this climate, are but too evident signs, even where organic disease...
Page 134 - It is only about 15 or 20 miles from the sea-side where civilization is carried on to any extent. From this distance the plantains, yams, cassava, and corn, are carried on the heads of the women to market, with their infants slung across their backs. The men treat the women in the most revolting manner, making them do all the drudgery of labour. The consequences of this brutal treatment are, the women suffer from premature exhaustion, decrepitude, and decay. The soil is poor on the sea-side, but...
Page 135 - The gold dust which is brought down from the interior is obtained from the alluvial sands and soil, and is washed down from the mountains, composed of granite, gneiss, and quartz. At Cape Coast even the sweepings of the streets are impregnated with gold. These are gathered up and subjected to repeated washings, and the average sum that a whole day's labour at this employment will bring a woman will not exceed 2 2.
Page 132 - ... and to the natives from the adjoining countries. From 10 o'clock in the morning till five in the evening, a white man is seldom seen abroad ; at the latter hour the race-course and the promenade on the battery are frequented by equestrians and pedestrians ; and perhaps no circumstance that strikes the attention of a stranger makes so strong an impression on his mind as the general expression he observes of...
Page 134 - swish" houses, made of mud, which becomes hard and durable, and they last as long as the roof resists the rain. The authorities of the Castle exercise power over the whole of the country, from Dixcove to Accra, an extent of 120 miles. Civilization is said to be confined within the limits of the Castle. The whole country about Cape Coast Castle is one great wilderness of verdure. It is only about \5 or 20 miles from the веа side where cultivation is carried on to any extent.
Page 127 - In accordance with the recommendation of Sir Edward Parry, contained in his report on this subject appended to Lord John Russell's letter to the Treasury, the Expedition will consist of three iron steamers, strongly built, and of light draught of water, fitted for river navigation. Three such vessels have been built by Messrs. Laird of Liverpool, and fitted with every improvement which their well-known experience could suggest. At their launch in September last the steamers received respectively...
Page 12 - Surely goodness and mercy have followed me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Page 132 - The general aspect of the country in the immediate vicinity of this colony, and the external- appearance of Freetown, give a stranger, on arrival, an idea of salubrity and prosperity, which subsequent experience may not altogether realize, or, at least, reconcile with the result of further observation.
Page 136 - ... and are more leniently treated than others ; or are purchased in the neighbouring countries, where the slave trade is still carried on ; or they are taken in

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