Illustrations of Martial Law in Jamaica: Compiled from the Report of the Royal Commissioners, and Other Blue Books Laid Before Parliament

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Jamaica Committee, 1867 - Jamaica - 102 pages
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Page 49 - George William Gordon has been tried by court-martial, at Morant Bay, and sentenced to be hung. The execution was to take place this morning, at 8 AM I have seen the proceedings of the Court, and concur both in the justice of the sentence, and in the policy of carrying it into effect. It is absolutely necessary for the future security of Jamaica, that condign punishment should be inflicted upon those through whose seditious acts and language the rebellion has been originated.
Page 6 - Hobbs reports, on the 19th instant, that there were still thousands of rebels around him. No stand has ever been made against the troops; and though we are not only in complete military occupation of, but have traversed with troops, all the disturbed districts, not a single casualty has befallen any of our soldiers or sailors, and they are all in good health...
Page 52 - I found everywhere the most unmistakable evidence that Mr. George William Gordon,1 a coloured member of the House of Assembly, had not only been mixed up in the matter, but was himself, through his own misrepresentation and seditious language addressed to the ignorant black people, the chief cause and origin of the whole rebellion.
Page 52 - Gordon, a coloured member of the House of Assembly, had not only been mixed up in the matter, but was himself, through his own misrepresentation and seditious language, addressed to the ignorant black people, the chief cause and origin of the whole rebellion. Mr. Gordon was now in Kingston, and it became necessary to decide what action should be taken with regard to him. Having obtained a deposition on oath that certain seditious printed notices had been sent through the post-office directed in his...
Page 43 - October. The next day a Court-martial was sitting for trial of prisoners there, consisting partly of Members of the Legislature. Brigadier-General Nelson. however, having deemed it right that Mr. Gordon should not be tried by a Court composed of persons who might be supposed to be influenced by local prejudices, adjourned that Court, and another was convened, before which, about two o'clock the same afternoon, Mr.
Page 5 - Surry, except in the city and parish of Kingston ; and that our military forces shall have all power of exercising the rights of belligerents against such of the inhabitants of the said county, except as aforesaid, as our said military forces may consider opposed to our Government, and the wellbeing of our loving subjects.
Page 51 - I did not expect that, not being a rebel, I should have been tried and disposed of in this way. I thought his Excellency the Governor would have allowed me a fair trial if any charge of sedition or inflammatory language were partly attributable to me ; but I have no power of control.
Page 51 - I .do not deserve this sentence, for I never advised or took part in any insurrection. All I ever did was to recommend the people who complained to seek redress in a legitimate way; and if in this I erred, or have been misrepresented, I do not think I deserve the extreme sentence.
Page 4 - Majesty's liege subjects, and also their negroes, horses, and cattle, for all such service as may be for the public defence, and to pull down houses, cut down timber, command ships and boats, and generally to act and do with full power and authority all such things as he and the said council of war may think necessary and expedient for his Majesty's service and the defence of this island.
Page 51 - I certainly little expected this. You must do the best you can, and the Lord will help you, and do not be ashamed of the death your poor husband will have suffered. The judges seemed against me ; and from the rigid manner of the court, I could not get in all the explanation I intended. The man Anderson made an unfounded statement, and so did Gordon ; but his testimony was different from the deposition. The judges took the former and erased the latter. It seemed that I was to be sacrificed. I know...

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