The Crisis of the Sugar Colonies; Or, An Enquiry Into the Objects and Probable Effects of the French Expedition to the West Indies: And Their Connection with the Colonial Interests of the British Empire. To which are Subjoined, Sketches of a Plan for Settling the Vacant Lands of Trinidada

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J. Hatchard, 1802 - 223 páginas
 

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Página 131 - Taxation is no part of the governing or legislative power. The taxes are a voluntary gift and grant of the commons alone.
Página 11 - ... equal effect. The tardy stroke must be quickened, and the languid invigorated ; and the whole line made to dress, in the military phrase, as it advances. No breathing time, no resting on the hoe, no pause of languor, to be repaid by brisker exertion on return to work, can be allowed to individuals : All must work, or pause together.
Página 168 - of this committee, that the trade carried on by British subjects, for the " purpose of obtaining slaves on the coast of Africa, ought to be abolished.
Página 9 - When employed in the labour of the field, as, for example, in holeing a cane-piece, that is, turning up the ground with hoes into parallel trenches, for the reception of the cane plants, the slaves of both sexes, from twenty., perhaps, to fourscore in number, are drawn out in a line like troops on a parade, each with a hoe in his hand ; and...
Página 10 - Negroes on the estate, has in his hand, or coiled round his neck, from which, by extending the handle, it can be disengaged in a moment, a long, thick, and strongly plaited whip, called a cart-whip ; the report of which is as loud, and the lash as severe, as those of the whips in common use with our waggoners; and which he has authority to apply at the instant when his eye perceives an occasion, without any previous warning. Thus disposed, their work begins, and continues without interruption...
Página 213 - ... the labourers under their management, as well as those who shall absent themselves from their plantations without a pass, and of those who residing on the plantations shall refuse to work; they shall be forced to go to the labour of the field, and if they prove obstinate, they shall be arrested and carried before the military commandant, in order to suffer the punishment above prescribed, according to the exigence of the case, the punishment being fine and imprisonment.
Página 217 - The remark made upon this proclamation in the ' Crisis of the Sugar Colonies,' published in 1 8O2, and supposed to be written by Mr. Stephen, is this : ' The paper certainly, if genuine, proves that Toussaint had established, or was endeavouring to introduce, a very strict military government ; but a man must be grossly ignorant of the nature of West India bondage, not to know that such a government, however to English eyes disgusting, is, when compared to domestic slavery, a substitute most ardently...
Página 28 - Colonies,' which appears to us to confirm, in the most conclusive manner, the reasoning which we have adopted. Speaking of St. Domingo, the author says : ' While the negroes were in bondage, that colony was rich and flourishing by the effects of their labour : since their enfranchisement, it has become comparatively almost a neglected waste. All the solicitations of the officers of the republic, all the influence and authority of their own favourite chiefs, have failed to recal them to any tolerable...
Página 11 - ... companions, in other parts of the line, it is obvious that the work of the latter must be suspended ; or else, such part of the trench as is passed over by the former, will be more imperfectly formed than the rest. It is, therefore, the business of the drivers, not only to urge forward the whole gang with sufficient speed, but sedulously to watch that all in the line, whether male or female, old or young, strong or feeble, work as nearly as possible in equal time, and with equal effect. The tardy...
Página 10 - ... the report of which is as loud, and the lash as severe, as those of the whips in common use with our waggoners ; and which he has authority to apply at the instant when his eye perceives an occasion, without any previous warning. Thus disposed, their work begins, and continues without interruption for a certain number of hours, during which at the peril of the drivers an adequate portion of land must be holed.

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