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TO EFFECT THE ABOLITION
SL A VE TRA DE;
S HE WING,
IN THE BRITISH COLONIES
W W É S T - I N D I ES:
ST I N I
G. F R A N C K L Y N,
$6 And why beholdeft thru the mote that is in thy brother's
eye, but considereft nog
« and bebod, a beam is in thine own eye ?”
KINGSTON, JAMAICA, PRINTED.
J. Walter, No. 167, Opposite Bond STREET, PICCADILLY
C. STALKER, STATIONER'S COURT, LUDGATE STREET;
THE ROYAL EXCHANGE.
[PRICE TWO SHILLINGS AND SIX-PENCE.]
'H E following pamphlet was originally printed
in Jamaica; ard the writer of it not being a candidate for the prize of literary fame, nor intending any thing more than to present the public with a fair account of the general treatment of the Negroes in that and the other British Sugar Colonies, did not think it necessary to affix bis name ; yet, baring no defire to conceal it, he avoured himfelf, and was well known, and declared by the printer to be the author.
Several copies of it were transmitted, not only by many of the principal planters to their friends and correspondents, but by the Honourable the Committee of both Houfes of Legislature of the Island, appointed to correspond with their agent Stephen Fuller, Esq.
to distribute to such gentlemen in England, to whom he might suppose the matters of information it contains might be useful.
The fan£tion thus given to it by gentlemen so perfeftly couversant in the subječt it treats of, and acquainted with the faets contained in it, will surely be considered, by every reasonable and dispasionate person, as an indisputable testimony to the truth of the author's asertions.
The fatisfaction which several gentlemen bere have been pleased to say they received from it, and the many enquiries after it, bas induced the author to consent to the reprinting it with his name, in hopes that it may alist in disabusing the public, which has been most shamefully imposed on by the misrepresentation of perfons grossly ignorant of the British Weft-India properties and proprietors.
If it foould be asked, from what authorities the author has taken bis account of the quantity of land, and number of negroes, in Jamaica, it may be answered, the quantity of land appears from the geographical account of the island, which is 150 miles long, and, upon an av erage, about 40 broad, as well as from Mr. Long's History of the Island. There is also
annually annually published in Jamaica an Almanack and Register, in the nature of the Court Calendar published here; in that of the last year, an account of the land, negroes, &c. is given, of which the following is a
Coffee, Cotton, Provision
Plantations, Pens, &c.
Acres of Land
The Island is divided into three Counties, viz.
No. of Negroes
No. of Cattle
Hogsheads of Sugar
305,235 312 922 92,000 75,000 29,000
672,616 296 505 68,300 30,000 34,000 1,522,149 332 532 97,000 76,500 67,000
Total 3,500,000 940 1959 257,300 181,500 139,900