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"cularly valuable for supplying timber for repairs of sugar works, mills, houses, &c. and which the present possessors have paid large sums for; houses in the towns, in the several islands, cattle, horses, mules, carts, &c. &c. will not be surely confidered as estimated highly, at
The whole then will amount to the sum of about feventy millions sterling. It may be difficult for the public to find means, at this juncture, to raise fo large a sum of money, especially as the abolition of the West India commerce, if the new plan of cultivation fhould fail, will occasion a very considerable diminution of the national revenues. But the wealth of this world is unworthy the regard of such pious men as our petitioners; “ fiat juftitia, ruat cælum," says the Dean of Middleham. If, however, when this matter comes to be debated in Parliament, the number of worldly minded people should form a majority considerable enough to stem the torrent of reform and fanaticism, which has diffufed itself so widely, and induce the Parliament to let things run on in the old channel, till the neigh, bouring nations shall grow as religious and humane as ourselves-the Dean of Middleham, Mr. Glanville Sharpe, and the other petitioners, may still do their parts to put a stop to the slave trade.-Let them withdraw themselves from the support of such a wicked set of people as they consider these flave-holders to be. Let them drink no rum, no sugar in their tea, confume no chocolate or coffee, eat no sweetmeats, tarts, or puddings, no currant jelly fauce to their venison,
nor indulge themselves in eating any other cates into the composition of which sugar enters, unless they are convinced such sugar is of the growth, produce, or manufacture of Cochin China, where, the Dean says, it is prepared without any assistance from slaves. They may then rest satisfied they have done their part, in putting a stop to the accursed and infernal traffick, in their zeal against which, the mariner, the merchant, and the planter, three of the most valuable characters the community can boast of, are indiscriminately the objects of censure, abuse, and calumny. In the mean time, it will not be amiss if they reflect on an epitaph said to be engraven on the tomb of a Spanish gentleman, in one of the churches of Seville, which may be thus translated :
I was well, and wanted to be better; fo I took physic-mand died.”.
Ini a Series of Letters from the same Author; in
Jamaica, to his Friend in London.
Wherein many of the Mistakes and Misrepresentations of Mr. CLARKSON are pointed out, both with regard to the Manner in which that Commerce is carried on in Africa, and the Treatment of the Slavės in the West Indies.