The Negro: An Historical Poem, in the Shape of a Dialogue, Describing the Unchristian and Wicked Principle and Practices of Slavery, as Exhibited Thro' Different Periods of Time, in Africa, and the West Indies

author, 1833 - 100 páginas

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Página vii - And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.
Página xi - I have already said, the half-measures we are obliged to adopt for the suppression of this merciless traffic, adds incalculably to its inhumanity. Here we see that, in a futile attempt to save their vessels from capture, these remorseless speculators in blood sacrificed more than a hundred and fifty lives. Had we let them alone, the dreadful event would not have taken place.
Página x - ... vessel, and destroyed them with the greatest ease ; and thereby prevented the merciless cruelty which subsequently took place. But no! He dared not; because he was liable in heavy penalties, had he even detained a Spaniard, without having slaves actually on board These inhuman scoundrels are fully aware of this ; and it was this very legal impediment to the capture of Spanish vessels which induced them to throw their miserable captives into the river; so that, no slave being found when boarded...
Página xi - ... less described ! And yet these inhuman miscreants, in the event of their vessel being captured, are generally allowed to go unpunished. We cannot, or at all events we do not, punish them : that is left for the laws of their own country, and they are consequently suffered to escape.
Página x - ... and left in this manner to sink or swim, as they best could ! Men, women, and young children, were seen, in great numbers, struggling in the water, by every one on board of the two tenders ; and, dreadful to relate, upwards of a hundred and fifty of these wretched creatures perished in this way, without there being a hand to help them ; for they had all disappeared before the tenders reached the spot, excepting two, who were fortunately saved by our boats from the element with which they were...
Página x - Rapido as the vessel from which they were thrown into the water. On boarding this vessel, no slave was found ; but her remorseless crew having been seen from both tenders busily engaged in their work of destruction, and as the two poor blacks, who...
Página x - Several managed, with difficulty, as may be supposed, to swim on shore, and many were thrown into large canoes, and in that manner landed, and escaped death ; but the multitude of dead bodies cast upon the beach, during the succeeding fortnight, painfully demonstrated that the account given to us, by the natives on the banks of the Bonny, of the extent of the massacre, had been far from exaggerated.
Página ix - When chased by the tenders both put back, made all sail up the river, and ran on shore. During the chase they were seen from our vessels to throw...
Página xi - Plumper, had,' in the language of Mr. Leonard, ' with a purity of heart that would have done honor to the most refined and exalted state of human society, long and indignantly repulsed the disgusting advances of the master of the schooner, until, at last, the iniquitous wretch, finding himself foiled in his execrable attempts on her person, became furious with disappointment, and murdered...
Página xii - ... for the reception of slaves, this vessel could by no means have escaped, and no object could have been gained by the atrocious murder. As it is, our treaty with Spain limits us to the seizure of vessels with slaves actually on board; and this single slave, if found by the Medina, would have made the vessel a legal capture ; to prevent which the poor creature was cruelly sacrificed, — the life of a slave being considered by these wretches as no better than that of a dog, or one of the brute...

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