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cuffs on, and chained round the legs with a double padlock: the chain was bound so close that she could not stand nor move. I saw a cut also upon the left ear, and many stripes upon the back: her face, also, bore visible marks of whipping, and there was a bruise under her eye. I tried to lift her up, but she could not stand she informed me that she had been in this situation for six weeks." In fact, every charge stated in the warrant was most fully proved.
"To deny the punishment which had been so cruelly inflicted was, of course, impossible; and therefore the only defence which the prisoner attempted to set up was, that the gentleman with whom she had cohabited and lived for many years, had instigated the slave to neglect her business, disobey her orders, and to behave with the greatest insubordination; that the slave was her own property, and that therefore she had a right to punish her as she thought proper. The prisoner admitted, indeed voluntarily bore testimony to the uniform excellent conduct of the poor slave for many years; and stated, that the circumstance for which she had now chastised her was the only misconduct of which she had ever been guilty.
"The Bench, which was composed of four magistrates, in charging the jury, in no way whatever adverted to the dreadful instrument with which the pu nishment had been inflicted; to the poor slave's ear having been cut through; to the frightful blows on her face, or to the confinement in chains; (every part of which is illegal by the consolidated slave act of Jamaica, which is by the law professed to be acknowledged in the courts of this settlement, although the act is not in the country,) but briefly observed, that by law every owner was justified in punishing to the extent of thirty-nine lashes; and therefore the only point for the consideration of the jury was, Whether a greater number of lashes had been inflicted in the present case? WITHOUT FIVE MINUTES' HESITATION THE PRISONER WAS ACQUITTED!!'"
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"On the return of the family to the Elms, an accident befel Miss Holmes that brought after it a train of consequences which no human sagacity could foresee. As she was stepping out of the chaise the horses suddenly moved forwards, by which her foot got entangled between the step and the wheel, and she was very much injured." Page 2.
when, in its second, best nativity,
My soul was born again through grace, this heart
On the return of the family to the Elms, an accident befel Miss Holmes that brought after it a train of consequences which no human sagacity could foresee. As she was stepping out of the chaise the horses suddenly moved forwards, by which her foot got entangled between the step and the wheel, and she was very much injured. A messenger was immediately dispatched for a surgeon; who, on examining the bruised parts, reported that no bones were broken, but said that the ancle joint had been violently strained. After the application of the leeches, and giving orders to prepare a fomentation to reduce the swelling, he requested that she would immediately retire to rest; and if she felt any pain in the morning, he desired that she would not attempt to walk, but keep her foot in an horizontal position, promising to call on her very early. She passed through a very restless night, and in the morning, when the surgeon called, he found her much worse than he expected. This accident confined her a close prisoner for some months, so that she had no opportunity of renewing that intimacy with her gay associates which had been interrupted by their excursion to Devonshire. Some called, and left their cards of inquiry; but a sick chamber possesses no attractions for the votaries of pleasure, who usually shun it for the gayer exhibitions of life.
As she usually enjoyed a great flow of spirits, and was rather volatile in her disposition-more fond of the pleasures of society than the pleasures of meditationshe was very depressed and irritable during the first few weeks of her confinement, often censuring, in very strong terms, the inattention of the servant in leaving the horses; but she gradually became more reconciled to her state, and at length turned her attention to reading, to divert her mind, and beguile away the te
dious hours of painful solitude. She would have preferred some of the popular tales and novels of the day to any of the volumes in her father's library; but she had too much regard for his authority and his feelings, to send for works which she knew would be displeasing to him.
It was in the afternoon of a day, when her parents and sisters went to dine with her brothers in London, that she sat alone-requesting the servant to bring her one book after another, which she closed almost as soon as she had read their respective title-pages,-that she thought of the present which her esteemed friend, Mrs. Loader, had made her, and of her promise to peruse it. As it was in her toilet, near which she was sitting, she took it out; and after turning over a few leaves she put it from her, saying, "I have read it;" but as she had pledged herself to read it again, she resolved to do it. She took the book once more-reluctantly, and carelessly read the running titles which are prefixed to its different chapters, till she came to the tenth, when her attention was imperceptibly arrested, and she perused it with a degree of interest which no other religious composition had ever excited.*
"Thus far have I often known convictions and impressions to arise, which, after all, have worn off again. Some unhappy circumstance of external temptation, ever joined by the inward reluctance of an unsanctified heart to the scheme of redemption, has been the ruin of multitudes. And, through the deceitfulness of sin, they have been hardened,' till they seem to have been 'utterly destroyed, and that without remedy.' And therefore, O thou immortal creature, who art now reading these lines, I beseech thee, that while affairs are in this critical situation, while there are these balancings of mind, between accepting and rejecting that glorious Gospel which I now lay before you, you will give me an attentive audience, while I pray you in Christ's stead that you would be reconciled to God.'
"One would indeed imagine, there should be no
The author has transcribed nearly the whole of this chapter, and the subjoined prayer; as he conceives they will prove very acceptable to those of his readers who have not the original work.
need of importunity here. One woua conclude, that as soon as perishing sinners are told that an offended God is ready to be reconciled, that he offers them a full pardon for all their aggravated sins; yea, that he is willing to adopt them into his family now, that he may at length admit them to his heavenly presence! all should, with the utmost readiness and pleasure, embrace so kind a message, and fall at his feet in speechless transports of astonishment, gratitude, and joy. But alas! we find it much otherwise. We see multitudes quite unmoved, and the impressions which are made on many more are feeble and transient. Lest it should be thus with you, O reader! let me urge the message with which I have the honour to be charged; let me intreat you to be reconciled to God, and to accept of pardon and salvation in the way in which it is so freely offered to you.
I intreat you, by the majesty of that God in whose name I come,' whose voice fills all heaven with reverence and obedience. He speaks not in vain to legions of angels; but if there could be any contention among those blessed spirits, it would be, who should be first to execute his commands. Oh! let him not speak in vain to you! I intreat you, by the terrors of his wrath,' who could speak to you in thunder; who could, by one single act of his will, cut off this precarious life of yours, and send you down to hell. I beseech you by his tender mercies, which still yearn over you, as those of a parent over a dear son,' over a tender child, whom, notwithstanding his former ungrateful rebellion, 'he earnestly remembers still.' I intreat you, by all this paternal goodness,' that you do not compel him to lose the character of the gentle parent in that of the righteous Judge.
"I beseech you further, by the name and love of our dying Saviour.' I beseech you, by all the condescension of his incarnation, by that poverty to which he voluntarily submitted, that you might be enriched' with eternal treasures; by all the gracious invitations which he gave, which still sound in his word, and still coming, as it were, warm from his heart, are 'sweeter than honey, or the honey-comb.' I beseech you, by all his glorious works of power and of wonder, which were