The Progress of Colonial Reform: Being a Brief View of the Real Advance Made Since May 15, 1823, in Carrying Into Effect the Recommendations of His Majesty, the Unanimous Resolutions of Parliament, and the Universal Prayer of the Nation, with Respect to Negro Slavery : Drawn from the Papers Printed for the House of Commons, Prior to the 10th of April, 1826

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Anti-Slavery Society, 1826 - Great Britain - 49 pages

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Page 1 - 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 36 - Slaves shall carry any whip, cat, or other instrument of the like nature, as a mark or emblem of his, her, or their authority, while superintending the labour of any slaves on any estate, and the persons so offending, and each and every person who shall or may direct, instigate, or abet such illegal use or exhibition of any such whip, cat, or other instrument, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanour, and being thereof convicted, shall suffer such punishment as the Court before which such misdemeanour...
Page 3 - An entry of this declaration being duly registered at the Bank, should be declared equivalent to a will in the absence of any other. In conclusion, I have most earnestly to impress upon you the necessity of proceeding to carry these improvements into effect, not only with all possible dispatch, but in the spirit of perfect and cordial co-operation with the efforts of His Majesty's Government.
Page 23 - That this House is anxious for the accomplishment of this purpose, at the earliest period that shall be compatible with the wellbeing of the slaves themselves, with the safety of the colonies, and with a fair and equitable consideration of the interests of private property.
Page 17 - The Governor of Grenada testifies to the same effect. " There are NO persons to be found to Jill the situation of guardian, such as must have been contemplated by the act, who are, as they ought to be, independent. They are chiefly overseers or managers. Can THEY be expected to say, that the clothing or food furnished by their employers is insufficient ? Or if they do, may they not be afraid of the charge being retaliated?
Page 36 - ... or nature whatever, or to carry or exhibit upon any plantation, or elsewhere, any such whip, cat, or other instrument of the like nature as a mark or emblem of the authority of the person...
Page 44 - ... apparent compliance. So far, at least, as the colonial statutes are justly chargeable with a want of uniformity and consistency, with inequality and injustice, and with the absence of adequate executory provisions, (and the reports of the legal commissioners fully establish the existence of such defects,) it would clearly be in the power of Parliament to apply a remedy. The object of Parliament in making laws would be to give effect to its own purposes. The object •of the colonists in all the...
Page 2 - To remove all the existing obstructions to manumission, and to grant to the slave the power of redeeming himself, and his wife and children, at a fair appraisement. 7. To prevent the separation of families by sale, or otherwise. 8. To prevent the seizure and sale of slaves detached from the estate or plantation to which they belong. 9. To restrain generally the power, and to prevent the abuse, of arbitrary punishment at the will of the master. 10. To abolish the degrading corporal punishment of females....
Page 32 - Bathurst of the state of religion (see Papers printed by the House of Commons in July 1818), admit that very few of the slaves attend divine service. " Sunday is the general public market day," " and almost the only one on which slaves have an opportunity of bartering the produce of the provision grounds allotted to them for other commodities.
Page 13 - ... couple cannot fulfil the object of marriage, the wife shall follow her husband, whose master shall buy her at a fair valuation, set upon her by skilful men, who shall be nominated by the two parties ; and in case of disagreement, a third shall be appointed by the justice to fix a price.

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