A Twelvemonth's Residence in the West Indies, During the Transition from Slavery to Apprenticeship: With Incidental Notices of the State of Society, Prospects, and Natural Resources of Jamaica and Other Islands, Volume 1

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Carey, Lea and Blanchard, 1835 - Blacks
 

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Page 143 - The air was sweet and plaintive, and the words, literally translated, were these. "The winds roared, and the rains fell. The poor white man, faint and weary, came and sat under our tree. He has no mother to bring him milk; no wife to grind his corn.
Page 161 - I tell you, captain, if you look in the maps of the 'orld, I warrant you shall find, in the comparisons between Macedon and Monmouth, that the situations, look you, is both alike. There is a river in Macedon ; and there is also moreover a river at Monmouth...
Page 279 - ... member should, according to your own votes, ' embark for England, so as to be in time to meet the next session of the imperial legislature.' " It certainly would not become me to enter into any discussion with you as to the principles on which you suppose the representation of the people of England to have been amended by the bill passed for its reform ; nor...
Page 278 - ... thought of accusing it of containing one word at variance with such a spirit. It broached no theory, it required no sacrifice. It announced, only for the present, a boon and a concession ; and for the future, patient examination at home, and a determination on my part, to report faithfully and fully from hence :. I know not therefore how it called for a reply of so extraordinary and desultory a nature. You state mutual forbearance and conciliation to be the principles by which the legislature...
Page 134 - ... chained to an iron stake, the fire was applied to his feet. He uttered not a groan, and saw his legs reduced to ashes with the utmost firmness and composure; after which one of his arms by some means getting loose, he snatched a brand from the fire that was consuming him and flung it in the face of the executioner. The two that were hung up alive were indulged, at their own request, with a hearty meal immediately before they were suspended on the gibbet, which was erected in the parade of the...
Page 134 - ... the parade of the town of Kingston. From that time, until they expired, they never uttered the least complaint, except only of cold in the night, but diverted themselves all day long in discourse with their countrymen, who were permitted, very improperly, to surround the gibbet. On the seventh day a notion prevailed among the spectators, that one of them wished to communicate an important secret to his master, my near relation; who being in St. Mary's parish, the commanding officer sent for me.
Page 133 - Gold coast negroes, from all others, are firmness both of body and mind; a ferociousness of disposition ; but withal, activity, courage, and a stubbornness, or what an ancient Roman would have deemed an elevation of soul, which prompts them to enterprizes of difficulty and danger; and enables them to meet death, in its most horrible shape, with fortitude or indifference.
Page 142 - ... care, and seemed highly delighted that her latter days were blessed by his return, and that her ears once more heard the music of his voice. From this interview I was fully convinced, that whatever difference there is between the Negro and European in the conformation of the nose and the colour of the skin, there is none in the genuine sympathies and characteristic feelings of our common nature.
Page 142 - The view of this extensive city ; the numerous canoes upon the river ; the crowded population and the cultivated state of the surrounding country, formed altogether a prospect of civilization and magnificence, which I little expected to find in the bosom of Africa.
Page 280 - I cannot listen to the declaration of any such doubt addressed to me without asserting, in the most unequivocal terms, the transcendent power of the imperial legislature, regulated only by its own discretion, and limited only by restrictions they may themselves have imposed. The long experience of the past, as to a right which has always existed, is your best security for the future, that it will never be exerted but in extreme cases ; and no one would more deplore than myself, should imperious necessity...

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