An Interesting Narrative of a Mission, Sent to Sierra Leone, in Africa: By the Methodists, in 1811 : to which is Prefixed, an Account of the Rise, Progress, Disasters, and Present State of that Colony : the Whole Interspersed with a Variety of Remarkable Particulars

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author, 1812 - Sierra Leone - 51 pages

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Page 14 - And I fear much, that most of us should have perished, had not our friends in the neighbourhood, both natives and Europeans, who were so happy as to escape the enemy, been so kind as to send us what they could spare.
Page 12 - The French have been here and have ruined us. They arrived on the 28th of September last, early in the morning, with a fleet consisting of one large ship, two frigates, two armed brigs, and one cutter, together with two large armed merchant...
Page 14 - They took along with them also two of our armed vessels, one of which was a large ship laden with provisions, and which had been long expected. But she unfortunately arrived a few days too soon, and was taken with her whole cargo. We expected at least to receive our private letters; but even this was refused, and they were thrown overboard. At last, after inflicting on us every hardship...
Page 13 - In short, we did not perceive our mistake until we observed them pointing their guns. We had not strength sufficient to resist, and therefore our Governor gave orders that as soon as they should begin to fire, the British flag should be struck and a flag of truce hoisted. Accordingly, this was done, but still they continued firing, and did much damage within and without the town.
Page 15 - It was thus that the French executed their purpose of spreading light and liberty through the world. The Sierra Leone colony was established for no other end than to abolish the slave trade, to enlighten the Africans, and to render them virtuous, rational, free, and happy ; and those powerful patrons of the rights of man destroyed that colony, with many circumstances of the most wanton cruelty.
Page 13 - Accordingly this was done, but still they continued firing, and did much damage, both within and without the town. They killed two people and wounded three or four. But, as we did not understand the meaning of this proceeding, we asked them for an explanation ; and they answered us that we should display the flag of liberty as a proof of our submission. We assured them that it should already have been done if we had had any, which terminated the hostilities from the ships. In the...
Page 13 - I saw the balls passing through my house and heard them whizzing about my ears. I saw that I should lose all my property, but life was dearer to me and I hastened to the woods. "In the afternoon the enemy landed, finding the town almost destitute of people, but rich in provisions, clothing, and other stores. They began immediately to...
Page 14 - ... provisions, clothing and other stores. They began immediately to break open the houses and to plunder. What they did not want, they destroyed, burnt, or threw into the river. They killed all the cattle and animals they found in the fields or streets, yards or elsewhere, not sparing even ' asses, dogs, and cats. These proceedings they continued the whole succeeding week, till they had entirely ruined our beautiful and prospering colony...
Page 13 - I was certain that they were enemies, I went towards my own house with a view to save as much as possible of my property and natural collections, but was received in such a manner that I could not venture to proceed. My house was situated near the shore and, unfortunately, just opposite the frigate which fired. I saw the balls passing through my house and heard them whizzing about my ears.
Page 15 - ... enemy, been so kind as to send us what they could spare. In the mean time most of us have either been, or still are, very sick, and many have died for want of proper food and medicine. The worst, however, is now past. At least we are not in any want of provision, although of the coarsest kind, but are destitute of the most necessary articles and utensils for the house, the table, and the kitchen.

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