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Mr. Bd. W e believe he was very seriously attach
ed to the cause of liberty ; but it is a little. fingular, that a man whose immer.se fortune, arose from the hands of Naves ! should not have seen ; that those flaves, to whom he gave neither food, nor raiment ; had a better right to petition, and to remonstrate against grievances &c. than his Lordship: we applaud and approve of his noble spirit ; but at the same time, let us suppose, that when he was going to St. James's with the remonstrance &c; some of his own flaves had accosted him, at the Royal Palace Gate, in the following terms.
Most despotic Master, “WE have been deputed by upwards of fourteen hundred, men, women, and chil. · dren, whom you call your slaves ; and if labouring for you, from sun rising to sun setting, without being fed, cloathed; or rewarded in any shape, can be called slavery,
we are fo, in the fullest extent of the word; deign to hear, most renowned fir; our wretched condition. Most of us were taken prisoners of war in our own country; where we were sold to your agents, put into a great hole (many hundreds of us together) where we had neither light, nor fresh air ; and where the heat of the country, and the effluvia, and excrements of our own bodies, made us so miserable ; that we looked for engines wherewith to put an end to our lives, and misery ; and many did so; that after some months confinement in this dismal hole; we, who survived ; were brought into open air, and flattered ourselves, that we were going to be set down, among our lost kindred, and countrymen ; but alas ! we foon found, that we had been removed over a spacious wide water, that we were never more to see those to whom we are nearest allied by! blood, or loved ; never more to behold our own native country ! that we were to labour from morning 'till night ; for a set of creatures, exactly resembling ourselves ; only,
that their outside skin is white, and ours black; and that, even under all these grievous reflections ; we were to be allowed only one day in each week (that which you call holy) to work for ourselves ! in order to procure food, to enable us, the other fix ; to work for you : consider master, we beseech you to consider, that tho' our noses are flatter, and our lips thicker than yours are, we are in every other respect human creatures ; endowed with the fame reason you are ; we have the same passions, and the same love for liberty which you have ; and though we have not the fame degree of knowledge; we are equally capable of acquiring it, because we are told, that * William Williams, one of our complection, being brought over from our country, when a child ; and placed at Cambridge School; was esteemed, a man of equal un
* He had a liberal Education and a good Fortune in Jamaica. He spent most of his Days in a Goal, and was Author of the Ballad, * Welcome Welcome Brother Debtor, &c."
derstanding, to any of the white men in this; who só unjustly deprive us of our liberty, and who so wantonly inflict on us the most severe bodily punishments : Put us again we beseech thee, into that dreadful hole which first conducted us from our own native country, and give us a chance ; even under the horrors of that confinement, of once more, seeing our family, and our friends ; and what is as dear to us, as it is to you ; our native country : and do not, while thou art pleading the cause of liberty for thyself; and thy own country'; be so unmindful of the men of other nations, whom the fame God created, on whom the same fun shineth, and whose rivers and hills are loaded with that treasure, without which, you would be in as mean a condition, as we are."
Of Mr. A-n H-y. AS we do not quarrel with a man for ** his political principles ; it must be al. lowed that Mr. H-y has shewn himself a man of spirit; and an active magistrate.
Of S- R- L
M ANY of those for whom he professed
the utmost friendship, were as much disappointed as her G
Of L-y B-y.
ONE of the moft accomplish'd noble
men of the age ; his good sense and liberal education ; taught him to know the world early in life ; and his good fpirits and great fortune, enable him to make a proper use of both.