Two Voyages to Sierra Leone During the Years 1791-2-3: In a Series of Letters

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author, 1794 - Africa, West - 287 pages
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Page 63 - She said, the women were mostly of that description of persons who walk the streets of London, and support themselves by the earnings of prostitution; that men were employed to collect and conduct them to Wapping, where they were intoxicated with liquor, then inveigled on board of ship, and married to black men, whom they had never seen before...
Page 211 - That Mr Clarkson had promised in Nova Scotia, among other things, they should be supplied with every necessary of life from the Company's stores, at a moderate advance, of ten per cent on the prime cost and charges. That while Mr Clarkson remained in the Colony they paid no more; but since then they have been charged upwards of 100 per cent. That they would not grumble even at that, if the worst of goods were not sold, and paltry advantages taken of them, particularly in the article of rum. That...
Page 237 - ... nor do I apprehend it would be impracticable, or even difficult to effecT: it, for I ftill admit what I faid upwards of two years ago, to be ftri&ly juft.
Page 63 - ... never seen before; that the morning after she was married, she really did not remember a syllable of what had happened over night, and when informed, was obliged to inquire who was her husband? After this, to the time of their sailing, they were amused and buoyed up by a prodigality of fair promises, and great expectations which awaited them in the country they were going to: 'Thus...
Page 199 - I never met with, heard or read of, any set of people, observing the same appearance of godliness; for I do not remember, since they first landed here, my ever awaking (and I have awoke at every hour of the night), without hearing preachings from some quarter or other.
Page 233 - ... every civilized nation that countenanced or supported it, and that this, our happy enlightened country was more especially stigmatized for carrying it on, than any other; but I am not ashamed to confess, those sentiments were the effect of ignorance, and the prejudice of opinion, imbibed by associating with a circle of acquaintances bigoted for the abolition, before I had acquired information enough to form any independent thoughts upon the subject...
Page 30 - I was to see; judge then what my astonishment and feelings were, at the sight of between two and three hundred wretched victims, chained and parcelled out in circles, just satisfying the cravings of nature from a trough of rice placed in the centre of each circle.
Page 123 - It was surely a premature, hair-brained, and ill digested scheme, to think of sending such a number of people all at once, to a rude, barbarous and unhealthy country, before they were certain of possessing an acre of land; and I very much fear will terminate in disappointment, if not disgrace to the authors; though at the same time, I am persuaded the motives sprung from minds unsullied with evil meaning.
Page 77 - That Nature has not endowed the Africans with capacities less susceptible of improvement and cultivation, than any other part of the human race,"— and I am sure they thirst for literature; therefore, if seminaries were established on different parts of the coast, and due attention paid to the morals and manners of the rising generation, I do not question but their...
Page 23 - ... agreeable to Mr Falconbridge, I would have no objection: however, Falconbridge objected, and gave me for reason that he had been unhandsomely treated, and was determined to go on board the Lapwing, for he would not subject himself to any obligation to men possessing such diabolical sentiments. It was not proper for me to contradict him at this moment, as the heat of argument and the influence of an over portion of wine had quickened and disconcerted his temper; I therefore submitted without making...

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