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African coast and the West Indies, he per- Bonny; and his accounts of the manners and Memoirs of the late Captain Hugh Crow, of formed some voyages to the north seas and customs of the inhabitants, even after all that

Lirer pool ; comprising a Narrative of his elsewhere, the perils attendant upon which re. has since been published about the Africans, Life, together with descriptive Sketches of mind us of the striking stories of our elder are often extremely characteristic. For inthe Western Coast of Africa, fe. fc. 8vo. sailors in their little venturous barks. But stance: pp. 316. London, 1830, Longman and Co.; we leave these, and commencé our quotations " While at Bouny a distressing ceremony Liverpool, G. and J. Robinson. with a Transatlantic anecdote.

took place, which occasioned some delay in the The gallant Captain Hugh Crow, whose por “ That the credulity of some of the Ameri- shipment of our cargo. It was the custom trait, with a cock in his right eye, (lithographed cans is equal to that of any other nation, the there, once in seven years, to sacrifice a virgin, by William Crane, and of course a bird's-eye following fact will exemplify. One night, in of fifteen or sixteen years of age, as a propitiaview,) and a telescope in his right hand, does the house of a respectable person in Charleston, tory offering to Boreas, the god of the north honour to this volume, by standing frontispiece I overheard a conversation relative to my native wind. For some weeks previous to the sacri. in stone, is neither related to the equestrian island, to which I naturally paid every atten- fice, the female selected is led through the Da-Crow, nor to the Margate navigator, the tion. One of the speakers expressed his assur-town, attended by numbers of priests, visiting renowned Captain Crow, celebrated by Peter ance that the Isle of Man turned right round every house, rich and poor, and whatever she Piudar for insisting on his passengers being every seven years ; and that unless a fire were fancies is immediately granted her. When the *-sick, with all the privileges of that disor- kept burning in it night and day, it would cer- poor creature is satisfied with her booty, and der. On the contrary, he is, or rather was, tainly sink ! This relation excited much won. (strange infatuation !) expresses her willinghimself alone, a right-earnest, unflinching, der and amazement amongst the company, and ness to die, she is placed, with all tbe articles thingh considerate and humane, slave trader ; I was not a little amused to find so romantic she has collected, into a large canoe, and taken one of the most successful from the port of an idea of my native land entertained in a to a place about twenty miles from the town, Laverpool: and his executors have published foreign country.".

where, together with her booty, she is thrown these bis memoirs, to shew that the devil is In a voyage to Memel, in 1785, we have the into the sea by the priests, and is instantly denot to black as he is painted, nor the traffic in following description of a curious piscatory voured by the sharks. While the preparations Degrees so very horrible as it is represented.

for a repetition of this sacrifice were going on, To be sure we are startled a trifle by the “One morning during a calm, when near I made repeated endeavours to persuade the boobs propositions here advanced ; but when we the Hebrides, all hands were called up at three great men and priests to abandon their cruel o into the details, we are forced to own that in the morning to witness a battle between intention ; but, unhappily, my expostulations there is no cause upon which something may several of the fish called thrashers and some were in vain, and another young woman was pot be said on both sides. Indeed, Captain sword-fish on one side, and an enormous whale added to the list of those who had fallen Crow, to use a common saying, has taken the on the other. It was in the middle of summer, victims to the ignorance and superstition of

23] by the horns; and those who are influenced and the weather being clear, and the fish close their tribe. The painful impression made on by his statements and arguments will be apt to the vessel, we had a fine opportunity of wit- my mind by this barbarous ceremony was yet

think that British humanity might be as nessing the contest. As soon as the whale's fresh, when a Quaw chief, being taken in battell employed in alleviating the distress of the back appeared above the water, the thrashers tle, was sent from the interior to King Pepple, wbering lower orders, the starving peasantry springing several yards into the air, descended and the great men at Bonny, to be eaten at a und mechanics at home, as in roaming to the with great violence upon the object of their grand feast. In this instance, too, I did my rest of Africa in quest of objects on which to rancour, and inflicted upon him the most se- utmost to dissuade the king and the priests napend the laudable feelings of philanthropy. vere slaps with their tails, the sound of which from their horrible purpose, and I offered them It may be urged, that both are entitled to resembled the reports of muskets fired at a dis- the price of three slaves to save the life of the (kristian sympathy and relief : but again the tance. The sword-fish, in their turn, attacked captive, who was a fine-looking man. Neither ziy is, the greater charity lies at your own the distressed whale, stabbing him from below; arguments nor money, however, could avert en and hefore your own eyes; perform what and thus beset on all sides and wounded, when his fate. He was put to death ; and those who k demands, and then let your spirit of uni- the poor creature appeared, the water around had feasted on his body, afterwards boasted of coral benevolence pervade the earth, from him was dyed with blood. In this manner they the delicious treat they had enjoyed. Lsdan to the pole. But, remember, your daty continued tormenting and wounding him for During my stay at Bonny on this trip, a

D utend to your poor neighbours, to your many hours, until we lost sight of him ; and 1 dreadful catastrophe took place in the harbour. parish qaupers, to your ill-clothed, il)-warmed, have no doubt they, in the end, accomplished Amongst twelve or fourteen sail of vessels that La countrymen, first ; watch and witness his destruction.”

lay in the river, was the ship Bolton, of Liver. cumfort you can administer to them, and We must now skip twelve years. Sailing pool. She had on board about a hundred and wita l' your conscience dictates it, any surplus from Dominica to England, the captain relates twenty negroes ; and these men, not being pro*oportion of your wealth to alleviate the re- a little nigger tale.

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“We had on board a fine black boy, brought the night from their irons, and, rising upon But we are not going to preach the homily from Bonny, named ' Fine Bone,' about fifteen the officers and crew, they took possession of ha enforced hy Captain Crow, and we are years of age. When we got further north, the the ship. Unfortunately, the trade powder, in zetser obliged to see with his eye nor his tele-cold began to pinch him

severely; and being quantity about two hundred barrels, was stowwipe Our affair is to make his volume fairly very fond of me, he one morning came shivered in the fore peak, and to this the insurgents, w; and for this, a few extracts from the ing to the side of my cot, and said, . Massa in their rage for mischief, soon found access. resttres it details, and a few more from the Crow, something bite me too much, and me no At daylight, by which time the circumstance cions it expresses as the result of much can see 'im ; and me want you give me some became known, the several masters of the vesperiodo in " slaving,” will suffice. wash mouth, and two mouth tacken.' I knew sels in the river held a meeting to determine

Captain Crow began his career as a sea- that wash mouth' meant a dram; and he how the ship and cargo might be redeemed. by, in ** rock on the bigh and giddy mast,” soon gave me to understand, by getting hold of The result was, that I and some others were and endare more hardships when below; my drawers, what he meant by two mouth appointed to go on board the Bolton, and enhet bos nuod conduct raised him gradually to the tacken.' I furnished the poor fellow with the deavour, if possible, to save the blacks from

cend of several fine vessels engaged in the needful, and as he had shoes, stockings, and that destruction to which, in their ignorance, s trade, till his career was closed by act of jucket before, he was quite made up." they were so fearfully exposed. They con

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sisted chiefly of Quaws, a most desperate race taken ill, their attention and care of it were which they afford, we should be as destitute of of men.

Before we got on board they had redoubled; and it was truly affecting and in- defence as the Africans themselves. If the brought up many barrels of the gunpowder, teresting to see with what anxiety and teuder- pretenders to humanity have a mind to do which they had 'started and spread all looseness they tended and nursed the little creature. good, let them first begin at home: let them between decks. It would have been madness A struggle frequently ensued amongst them look to Ireland, which is in a most deplorable for any of us to go below amongst them, for a for priority in these offices of affection; and state of slavery and disaffection—for which na single spark thrown by one of them amongst some would steal one thing and some another, politician has yet discovered an adequate rethe powder, would have involved us in instant which they would carry to it untasted, how. medy. It may be added, that when the Afri. destruction. We prevailed upon a few Eboes erer tempting it might be to their own palates. can trade was abolished, many fine young men, to leave the vessel ; and these, with all the Then they would take it gently up in their being thrown out of employment, entered into women, were taken on board of some of the fore paws, hug it to their breasts, and cry over the American service, and there is no doubt other ships. The Quaws were deaf to all our it as a fond mother would over her suffering were afterwards employed to fight against the en treaties and warnings, until towards even- child. The little creature seemed sensible of country that gave them birth, their prospects ing, when a number of them also gave them their assiduities ; but it was wofully over at home being entirely blighted. It was on a nelves up, observing, probably, the danger to powered by sickness. It would sometimes Sunday morning when I landed at Kingston ; which they were exposed. The ringleaders, come to me, and look me pitifully in the face, and and I found a number of my old shipmates however, to the number of about a dozen, ob- moan and cry like an infant, as if it besought (blacks), all neatly dressed, waiting on the mtinately remained amongst the loose powder, me to give it relief ; and we did every thing wharf to receive me: some of them took hold No that no one had the hardihood to venture we could think of to restore it to health ; but of my hands; and the general expressions of amongst them. In this situation they remain in spite of the united attentions of its kindred welcome and good will were . God bless ed until the afternoon of the next day, when tribe and ourselves, the interesting little crea- massa ! How massa do dis voyage ? we hope wo observed the whip to be on fire; and as she ture did not long survive.”

massa no fight 'gen dis time.' While they was the bendmost vessel in the river, we manned With this we shall close our miscellaneous thus congratulated me on my arrival, a wag, all our boats, in order, if possible, to tow her off, quotations, which will shew that there is con- one of their own party, jeeringly exclaimed lent who might fall amongst us. We had been siderable interest and entertainment to be Who be dis Captain Crow you all sabby so but a low minutes in the boats, when, with all found in these pages ; and proceed, as we pro- much ?' And my black friends replied, “ What the unfortunate creatures on board of her, she posed, to give two or three extracts relative to dat you say, you black negro ? Ebery dog in blow up with a tremendous explosion. I was the slave trade and its abolition, according to Kingston sabby Captain Crow, and you had in our boat with right or nine of my best men, the views of Captain Crow, whose last voyage fellow for no sabby him ;' with which they fell and only abont a hundred yards from her, when was performed just in time to witness the end. a beating him with so little ceremony, that I the entustrophe occurred; and such was the “ It had been (he tells us) reported to the was obliged in good nature to interfere. I violence of the shock, that the poor fellows fell chiefs and the natives, by the captains who rather suspect this was a joke contrived among down in the bottom of the boat. The smoke, preceded me, that I commanded the last ship them when they saw me coming on shore ; the pieces of the wreck, the clothes, and other that would sail to Bonny for negroes. My for the blacks have craft and sport sufficient articles of trade, that flew about in every direc- friend King Holiday consequently repaired on for a frolic of the kind. Be this as it may, I tion, presented a scene trnly awful. Several of board as soon as we arrived, to inquire if the was not a little gratified by their friendly visit.” the Intter fell into our boat, and many articles intelligence were true. We had, as might be And, in conclusionwere afterwards found blown as far as the town expected, a long palaver on the subject, in the “ As I have in the course of my narrative of Bonny. After this misfortune, it became course of which the king expressed himself, as made frequent allusions to the unfortunate necessary to be more watchful of the blacks, nearly as I can remember, in the following slaves, lest my remarks be misconstrued, I owe and particularly of the Quaws, who, instigated terms:— Crow!' he remarked, “ you and me it to myself here to disclaim being a friend to by the example of their insurgent countrymen, sabby each other long time, and me know you slavery. God forbid that I should favour a had already begun to exhibit an impatience of tell me true mouth (speak truth); for all cap- system through which my fellow-creatures restrnint."

tains come to river tell me you king and you should suffer any species of oppression, hard. On another occasion his ship was on fire, but big mans stop we trade; and 'apose dat true, ship, or injustice! I consider that the abofortunately the explosion was prevented. He what we do for you sabby me have too much litionists have not understood the subject, and NNYN :

wife, it be we country fash, and have too that their measures have done nothing towards * I shall never forget the scene that fol- much child, and some may turn big rogue man, the real abatement of slave-dealing in Africa. lowed the suppression of the Aames. When all same time we see some bad white man for They have, in fact, as I have before remarked, I got on deck, the blacks, both men and some you ship, and we hear too much white transferred the whole of the trade into the women, clung round me in tears ; some man grow big rogue for you country. But hands of other nations, who carry it on with taking hold of my hands, others of my feet, God make you sabby book and make big ship- extreme cruelty. In the course of my reand all, with much earnestness and feeling, den you sen you bad people much far for other marks, I have viewed the abstraction of slaves thanking Providence for our narrow escape, country, and we hear you hang much people, from Africa to our colonies as a necessary evil, An expression of gratitude in which, I assure and too much man go dead for you warm (war). under existing circumstances. I may be mis. the reader, I heartily joined them. On this But God make we black' (here the poor fellow taken on this point; but I am convinced, passage, I witnessed a remarkable instance of shed tears), and we no sabby book, and we nevertheless, from what I have observed, that animal sagacity and affection. As I before no havy head for make ship for sen we bad the negro slaves of the West Indies are gene. mentioned, we had several monkeys on board : mans for more country; and we law is, 'spose rally happier there than when they lived as they were of different species and sizes ; and some of we child go bad and we no can sell 'em, slaves in their own country, subject to the amongst them was a beautiful little creature, we father must kill dem own child ; and 'spose crueities and caprice of the inland chiefs, and the body of which was about ten inches or a trade be done, we force kill too much child living in a savage state ; and, for my own foot in length, and about the circumference of same way. But we tink trade no stop, for all part, were slavery to be my lot, I would rather a common drinking glass. It was of a glossy we Jew-Jew-man' (the priests) tell we som be a black slave in the West Indies than a black, excepting its nose and the end of its for dem say you country no can niber pass God white one at home; for there is no comparison tail, which were as white as snow. This in. A'mighty.' The last words he repeated several between the comforts of the one and those of teresting little animal, which, when I received times; and the reader, it is presumed, will the other. Think, for instance, of the poor it from the governor of the island of St. Thomas, find his remarks not altogether destitute of fishermen during the winter season—some of diverted me by its innocent gambols, became sense and shrewdness.”

the greatest slaves in existence. Think of the afflicted by the malady which yet unfortunate At Kingston, whither he went with his cargo, miserable beings employed in our coal-pits, ly prevailed in the ship. It had always been he adds :

and in our iron, lead, and copper mines-toiling a favourite with the other monkeys, who “ The consequences of the abolition of the under ground in unwholesome air, which is seemed to regard it as the last - born, and African trade appeared to me then, and appear constantly liable to fatal explosions! Think the pet of the family, and they granted it now to be, pernicious not only to individuals, of all the men, women, and children, confined many indulgences which they seldom conceded but to England at large. Besides other ad- by hundreds in hented factories, their health one to another. It was very tractable and vantages, it was a nursery for our reamen, as rapidly wasting, and their earnings scarce sufgentle in its temper, and never, as spoiled well as a benefit to our West India colonies. ficient to keep soul and body together! Think children generally do, took undue advantage How, indeed, could England rear and maintain of other slavish employments often under of this partiality towards it, by becoming peevish those men who are to defend the state, were it masters quite

as arbitrary and unieeling as the and headstrong. From the moment it was not for her colonies. But for the employment | planters ! Think of the thousands who are

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