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The History of Jamaica (Volume 2); Or, General Survey of the Antient and Modern State of the Island With Reflections on Its Situation Settlements, ... Products, Commerce, Laws, and Government
Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1774. Excerpt: ... Were this duly attended to, and proper encouragement given to in formers, it would be impossible to act such private oppressions often; because, out of the whole posse of...
Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1774. Excerpt: ... Were this duly attended to, and proper encouragement given to in formers, it would be impossible to act such private oppressions often; because, out of the whole posse of white servants on each plantation, there might always be supposed one or more, who, from the abhorrence of such practices, if not the allurement of reward, would quickly impeach the tyrant. At the fame time, the very apprehension of Inch a consequence would infallibly check the most hardened; especially if, in addition to other punishment, the law should disqualify the offender from ever again exercising his profession, or office, within the island. If every owner of a plantation resided upon it, there would be no cause for the interposition of legislative authority; but it is well known, that a great many estates belonging to different absentees, and lying in distant parts of the island, are often given up to the charge of one agent only, who cannot possibly reside at all, nor visit them very frequently. Matters are then left to the discretion of overseers, whose chief aim it is to raise to themselves a character as able planters, by enercafing the produce of the respective estates; this is too frequently attempted, by forcing the Negroes to labour beyond their abilities; of course they drop off, and, if not recruited incessantly, the gentleman steals away like a rat from a barn in flames, and carries the credit of great plantership, and vast crops, in his hand, to obtain advanced wages from some new employer in another district of the island. The absentees are too often deceived, who measure the condition of their properties by the large remittances sent to them for one or two years, without adverting to the heavy lorries sustained in the production of them; and they find, too late, their incomes suddenly abridge...
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