Notes on the West Indies: Including Observations Relative to the Creoles and Slaves of the Western Colonies and the Indian of South America : Interspersed with Remarks Upon the Seasoning Or Yellow Fever of Hot Climates, Volume 1

Front Cover
Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, 1816 - Barbados - 534 pages

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 354 - But o'er the twilight groves and dusky caves, Long-sounding aisles and intermingled graves, Black Melancholy sits, and round her throws A death-like silence, and a dread repose: Her gloomy presence saddens all the scene, Shades every flower, and darkens every green, Deepens the murmur of the falling floods, And breathes a browner horror on the woods.
Page 115 - It is to her [the hotel keeper's] advantage that the female attendants of her family should be as handsome as she can procure them. Being slaves, the only recompense of their services, is the food they eat, the hard bed they sleep on, and the few loose clothes which are hung upon them. One privilege, indeed, is allowed them, which you will be shocked to know, is that of tenderly disposing of their persons; and this offers the only hope they have of procuring a sum of money, wherewith to purchase...
Page 519 - An intelligent traveller who had an opportunity of observing this on the spot, remarks exactly to the point, that ' the Indians of Guiana have no interest in the accumulation of property, and, therefore, are not led to labour in order to attain wealth. Living under the most perfect equality, they are not impelled to industry by that spirit of emulation, which in society leads to great and unwearied toil.
Page 430 - To the inhabitants it seemed a day of hilarity, but to the poor Africans it was a period of heavy grief and affliction ; for they were to be sold as beasts of burden — torn from each other — and widely dispersed about the colony, to wear out their days in the hopeless toils of slavery. The fair being opened, and the crowd assembled, these unpitied beings were exposed to the hammer of public auction.
Page 126 - Instead of remaining in tranquil rest, they undergo more fatigue, or at least more personal exertion, during their gala hours of Saturday night and Sunday, than is demanded of them in labor during any four days of the week.
Page 361 - The other, with a look of unerring expression, and with an impulse of marked disappointment, cast his eyes up to the purchaser, seeming to say, ' And will you not have me too...
Page 152 - ... will, before this, have discovered that the water was cold, and that the boiling and burning of this fiery deep was only the effect of inflammable gas, which, escaping from the bowels of the earth, and rising from the bottom of the pit, supported the flame when it was empty, and, bubbling through it, when it was filled with water, gave it the appearance of a boiling spring. " During the combustion, the smell of the inflammable air was very powerful.
Page 294 - To convey to you, by the pen, any idea of their manner of speaking is utterly impossible : to be comprehended, it must be heard. The languid syllables are drawled out as if it were a great fatigue to utter them ; and the tortured ear of an European grows irritable and impatient in waiting for ihe end of a word, or a sentence.
Page 300 - ... breakfast, dinner, and supper being similar to each other, and for the most part the same throughout the year. It consists mostly of Guinea corn, with a small bit of salt meat — or salt fish. Formerly a bunch of plantains was given to each slave as the weekly allowance ; but the plantain walks being mostly" worn out, this is become an expensive provision. Rice, maize, yams, eddoes, and sweet potatoes, form an occasional change...
Page 301 - Me no like for have him Guinea corn always ! Massa gib me Guinea corn too much. Guinea corn to-day ! Guinea corn to-morrow ! Guinea corn eb'ry day ! Me no like him Guinea corn — him Guinea corn no good for gnhyaam.

Bibliographic information