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ration of independence; as the vering of colonies só valuable reader will see, if he looks at the from the mother country. sixth and seventh of the above Re- I have not room in this present solutions. It is very true, that the Register; but, in my next I mean West India Planters, have, in a to make some remarks upon
the great measure, to thank themselves pamphlet lately published by for the perils that now surround WILBERFORCE, who seems to be them. If the knife be now at their absolutely incurable ; who seems throat, let them recollect that they resolved to do all the mischief he owe it to a faction, the whole of can, with his remaining powers of which faction, and particularly mind. Experience, even the most the hypocritical and mischievous horrible, appears to produce no
leader of it, have, invariably, ap- effect upon him. He has seen plauded every measure, oppres- the emancipating projects sucsive and insulting to the people of ceeded, first by scenes of robbery England. In this respect, the far and carnage, and then by slavery greater part of the West Indians more hard than ever; and yet bare gone band in hand with this he perseveres! He has seen the base, hypocritical, and corrupt blacks emancipated in Pennsylfaction: and, in this way, they vania; and he has seen the robhave given the faction the power bed and plundered inhabitants of to ruin themselves, and to cause Pennsylvania, endeavouring, by the knife to be laid to their all the arts of which even Quakers throats.
are capable, to cause
these However, foolish as may have new free men to be banished to been the part acted by the West Africa for ever; and yet he perIndians, that furnishes no reason severes ! for the destruction of their
The French Colony of St. Doperty, the reducing of their mingo was, perhaps, previous to - families to beggary, and the se- the year 1792, the brightest spot
that the sun saw in the whole of its / either butchered or driven into course; and, perhaps, the happiest exile and beggary; and the light spot, too. The whole colony was of the sun was obscured by the a garden ; its products were im- smoke which begun to ascend mense ; the slaves had nothing of from dwellings, formerly so full slavery about them but the name of every thing desirable to man. They were treated, almost univer- I saw thousands of these miserable sally, as men treat the best of exiles ; and I most cordially servants. The town of Cape joined them in cursing the hypoFrançois surpassed in riches, (in crites that had been the cause of proportion to its size), in bril- their ruin. I saw many hundreds, liancy, in gaiety, in joyousness and I dare say, thousands, of any town or city of which we, in negroe slaves, who had escaped modern times, have any know with their masters and mistresses. ledge. The town and the whole Not one of them did I ever see colony, were the admiration of all or ever hear of, who, though at who beheld them. To go to St. perfect liberty to do it, attempted Domingo was not like going to a to quit those masters or mis, place of trade; it was to be lost tresses, amidst scenes of hospitality and And what has been the result ! delight.
What has been the consequence Santhonax and Pulverel, two of the proceedings of SANTHONAX philanthropists," were sent out and Pulvere! I do not mear by the National Assembly of the consequence as to France ; France to this scene of riches or the consequence as to the and of happiness; and in about French planters; but the consethree months from the day of quence as to the wretched negroes their arrival, the beautiful planta-themselves. This consequence tions were laid waste, the pro- has been, a series of massacres, prietors and their families were continuing, with little intermis.
sion, for one-and-thirty years, wish. In my next I shall. I and put a stop to, from time to have, for more than twenty years time, only by a system of slavery past, put in my protest, at different ten times harder than that which times, against the projects of these existed before; and which system hypocrites; and, certainly, such of slavery, and that alone, has protest was never more necessary prevented the complete extermi-than at present. Here, again, the pation of the wretched beings, to wretched London press comes, whom SANTHONAX and PULVEREL with open mouth, to assist in the
gave, what they had the infamy to work of devastation and ruin. call, freedom.
Those writers, who are not im With this example before their bued with hypocrisy or fanaticism, eyes, will our Ministers lend their want courage to do their duty. hand to any thing having a ten- They are afraid to discharge their dency towards an emancipating duty lest they should fall under the project? That the " philanthro-calumniating tougue of the cant. pists ;" that these impostors will I shall discharge my duty, in spite persevere, there can be very little of the cant and the folly of the doubt. But, surely, the Ministers day. Nothing is so cheap as to will favour no such project! Yet, be “humane" at the
at the expense of what are we to think of the letter our neighbour; and the Jamaica of Lord BATHURST! Does it not planter is as much my neighbour look like a leaning with the as the hop planter in Kent is. If philanthropists ! Let them pause, it be humanity for which I wish however; for the philanthropists to have the reputation, let me gain mean massacre, and loss of domi- it by forgiving some one his debt, mion to the kingdom.
or giving some one my money; As I said before, I have not and not by calling upon others to man to enter, in this Register, 80 make sacrifices in which I do not fully into this subject, as I could participate.
I shall show, that Wilberforce's against any of these : if they had Appeal to the Nation is a tissue of ever given even a hint at their misrepresentations and falsehoods, disapproving of the imprisonment most gross and manifestly wilful. of four years and a half of JOSEPH But, is it not worth while to ask, Swann: nay, if they had not how it comes to pass, that those joined in applauding the conduct who set themselves up for friends of the Manchester Magistrates of the blacks, are, generally, the and Yeomanry: if even this posimost bitter and implacable ene- tive evidence of their inhạmanity mies of the whites. If, indeed, did not exist, I should be ready to these philanthropists had ever allow that there was a possibility raised their voices against any of of their acting from an error of the Power of Imprisonment Bills; judgment. But, having been, as against any of the floggings, they notoriously have, invariably, of which so much has been amongst the most cruel towards known; against the Six Acts, the suffering people of England, which, in certain cases, expose it would be hypocrisy, equal to Englishmen to be put to death for their own, to pretend to impute meeting to deliberate on public their emancipating projects to any affairs ; against shutting the Irish thing other than a desire to gaiņ,
up in their houses, from sunset to by the means of sham humanity, sunrise, and the transporting of the popularity and influence, nethem, by dozens, without Trial by cessary to enable them to exJury; against the transporting of tort the means of enriching themmen, for being in pursuit of phea selves at the public expense. sants and hares, and putting them to death, if they resist a game- apparently so despicable, should keeper that seizes, or endeavours have obtained influence sufficient to seize them : if these philanthro- to do so much mischief; but, when pists had ever raised their voices considers the extreme craft of
m It is surprising that a faction,
this faction, its profound dissimu- stion to sacrifice every other class lation, its great art of mixing up to the Jews and Jobbers. But the religion with its politics ; when one colonists had another enemy to considers what a vast body of hy- contend with, and still have that pocrisy comes whining and roaring enemy. They are compelled to to its assistance in the numerous pay three times the amount of the mongrel sects, with which this un- money they have borrowed upon happy land is infested; when one the estates; and while the mortreflects that there are, upon angagee has his claws in their flesh, average, from ten to fifteen thou- on one side, the friend of the sand impudent sleekheaded black- blacks has his more sanguinary guards bawling aloud in the con- claws fastened on the other side. venticles, and all making a merit My opinion is, however, that, if of being humane, at the expense these latter claws be not speedily of the planters in the colonies. taken out by the Parliament; if When one reflects upon the com- something be not done to tranbined operations of these various quilize the proprietors with rebodies of hypocrites; and when gard to the security of their prowe reflect, too, on the credulity of perty, something desperate will the people of this country, and take place; and that a probable that this unprincipled press finds consequence will be a second its interest in helping on the de. chapter of the desolation and lusion ; when we reflect on all bloodshed of St. Domingo. This these things, we ought not to be being my opinion, it is manifestly surprised to find that the colonies my duty to return to the subject as are fast approaching to a state of speedily as possible. This I shall
do next week, in the form of a The colonists, like the land- letter to that great “ friend of the holders in England, have been blacks," Mr. WILBERFORCA. nearly ruined, by the determina