Observations Upon the Windward Coast of Africa: The Religion, Character, Customs &c., of the Natives; with a System Upon which They May be Civilized, and a Knowledge Attained of the Interior of this Extraordinary Quarter of the Globe; and Upon the Natural and Commercial Resources of the Country: Made in the Years 1805 and 1806

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G. and W. Nicol, 1807 - Africa, West - 163 pages
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Page 27 - ... are capable of enjoying. It is this love of his country which stimulates man to the noblest deeds ; and, leaving all other considerations, only obedient to its call, separates him from his most tender connections, and makes him risque his life in its defence. " Where'er we roam, whatever realms to see, " Our hearts untravell'd fondly turn to thee ; " Still to our country turn, with ceaseless pain, " And drag, at each remove, a lengthening chain.
Page 66 - ... of desire."* Twenty days' labour in the year is sufficient for the cultivation of all the articles of subsistence he requires; his existence, therefore, is almost a gratuitous gift of nature : his wants are supplied without severe exertion, his desires are gratified without restraint ; and, with few solicitudes or apprehensions, his life glides on in a sort of tranquil calm.f * Golberry, vol.
Page 76 - That the civil, military, personal, and commercial rights and duties of blacks and whites shall be the same, and secured in the same manner.
Page 63 - there is only one God, and " Mahomet is the apostle of God," they add the article, that, " Ali is the vicar of
Page 153 - Voyage, vol. i. are devoted to dancing : for, after the setting of the sun, every village resounds with songs and music; and " I have often,
Page 76 - ... enacted, that it shall not be lawful for the said Company, either directly or indirectly, by itself or themselves, or by the agents or servants of the said Company, or otherwise howsoever, to deal or traffic in the buying or selling of slaves, or in any manner whatever to have, hold, appropriate, or employ any person or persons in a state of slavery in the service of the said Company.
Page 66 - When any object excites his desire, he consults his head woman, who, without any apparent suspicion...

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