Proceedings ..: Against Compulsory Manumission in the Colonies of Demerara and Berbice

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Page 17 - That this House is anxious for the accomplishment of this purpose at the earliest period that shall be compatible with the well-being of the slaves themselves, with the safety of the colonies, and with a fair and equitable consideration of the interests of private property."] Mr.
Page 80 - That through a determined and persevering, but, at the same time, judicious and temperate enforcement of such measures, this House looks forward to a progressive improvement in the character of the slave population, such as may prepare them for a participation in those civil rights and privileges which are enjoyed by other classes of his majesty's subjects.
Page 14 - Slave in that colony knows be" forehand that he acquires only a precarious title " in such a Slave, which depends on the ability " of the Slave to purchase himself. But let the " Spanish law be what it may, it can never alter " the existing law of this colony; and it may " fairly be inferred from Lord Bathurst's letter, " that no subversion of the law is intended...
Page 121 - Your Petitioners, therefore, humbly pray, that your Majesty will be graciously pleased...
Page 30 - Iiad generally adopted the banana and plantain as a food, which requires about twelve months to produce its fruits, and the tree obtains a considerable height. ' ' I also found, that a certain degree of occasional industry had taken place among the Maroons. Some of these young men had devoted a few days in the year to cutting down trees which nature had planted. From such occasional labour they were enabled to procure finery for a favourite female, a better gun, or a new axe.
Page 64 - ... should be unfortunately found that the slaves thus manumitted altogether abandon their Owners and refuse to work as free persons, — the Owner, not having the means, by reason of the Abolition Act, to supply the loss of his slaves, and not being able to engage any free labourers for his sugar plantations, — the price which must then be assigned to the loss of each slave must have a direct reference to that state in which the plantation will be placed by the progressive reduction of the means...
Page 14 - ... neither is it the law, that proprietors can be forced to dispose of their property, real or personal, when its value is offered to them by others ; to give to the slave the right of purchasing himself, against the will and consent of his owner, will annihilate the right of the owner, and confer on the slave a power which no other person possesses.
Page 76 - ... the slaves might be prepared, " for a participation in those civil rights and privileges which are enjoyed by other classes of His Majesty's subjects ;" " at the earliest period compatible with the well-being of the Slaves, the safety of the Colonies, and a fair and equitable consideration of the interests of all parties concerned therein.
Page 79 - THE KING'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY IN COUNCIL. The Humble Memorial of Phineas Lyman Esqra on benalf 01 himself & the rest of the officers & soldiers of the Several Corps' of American Provincial Troops raised in the late War for Your Majesty's Service & since disbanded; & also on behalf of four thousand three hundred & twenty persons who in the year 1755 subscribed under...

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