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serve but those of religion and humanity. The trifle he has of this world's wealth was derived

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from colonial property; he may therefore be supposed (after this avowal) not to be so much an enemy to the system altogether, as to the evils of the system. As he trusts he is too honest to harbour a single wish of depriving men of their property, acquired under British laws, so is he, he hopes, too humane, possessed of too much feeling, to subscribe to any abuse of that property, (particularly when that property consists of fellow-creatures, descendants of the same great progenitor with ourselves,) though legalized by long use and local decrees and statutes. As a man and a friend of the human race, he has feelings for his fellow-men, however much reduced and degraded they may be, by circumstances over which they have no control. As a Christian and a clergyman he is too highly sensible of his own high privileges, through the Gospel, not to wish to see them shared by every son and daughter of Adam; and he trusts also, that where he has seen any obstructions to the extension of these blessed

privileges, (which more particularly sweeten the bitter cup of adversity and hard labour,) that he has fear enough of his Maker to induce him to use all lawful means (which his humble station allows him, and his humble talents enable him) to endeavour to remove these obstructions, whomsoever he may offend, or whatever abuse and injury he may draw down upon himself by so doing. The Christian's great work, (and more particularly the Christian Minister's,) is to endeavour to spread the ever-blessed Gospel of his Saviour by all means, (by all lawful means if he can, but should the laws of men oppose the laws of God, he is to be instant in season and out of season,) to fear God rather than men, and to endeavour to spread the truth at the risk of his fortune, and even of life itself.

It may be objected, perhaps, that the part relating to the state of religion, in Jamaica, might have been omitted, as a Bishop has been appointed, who will look into the defects of that part of the system, and rectify whatever may be wrong. I would answer, that I am as

much rejoiced as any one can be at the appointment of Bishops, to our West Indian Islands, for I always spoke of such an appointment when in the colonies (and recommended it so far as my small voice went) as one of the grand desiderata for the improvement of the condition of the Slaves; knowing that they would have it in their power, from their rank and consequence, to be highly useful in mitigating the severities of the body, as well as in instructing and enlightening the mind; but Bishops will never have an opportunity of seeing what I have seen, as should it please the Disposer of all events to bless them with health, (which I sincerely pray may be the case many years,) and they should see as much, and visit as many parts of the colonies as I have, yet a veil would be studiously thrown over the most prominent parts of the evils of the system, by every person with whom they might converse, and on every estate they might choose to visit. There would be no floggings nor even a single stroke of the whip in a Bishop's presence; no indecency to shock his sight, nor any thing said to offend his ears, and if he attended

at any church, it would be crowded by design and order, for that time; every thing, in fact, would be acted so as to deceive, and maké a favourable but false impression. Besides, my intention is to exhibit to the inhabitants of Great Britain, what has been the state of things there for four or five years past, and what is actually the state of things at present, for I doubt whether the Bishops will be allowed to do as much good as they may wish, and it is also right that even they should have a correct knowledge of colonial affairs, or they will not be aware of the amount of the evils they will have to contend with. If, moreover, these evils should be lessened or done away with, in a few years, by their exertions, it will be a blessed thing, and so much the more to their credit, than if such evils as represented by me had never existed. Should the least remedy be found for the evils of Slavery through my means, or should they be mitigated in any reasonable degree, I shall be gratified beyond what I can express, and shall consider myself amply repaid for any ill treatment I may have received in person, and


. loss I may have suffered in property. Should no good result from my publication, I shall still have the satisfaction of reflecting, that I have done my duty towards those my fellow-men, who are the most oppressed in the British Empire, and that I have served the interests of religion, among them, to the best of my power. May the little seed I have sown in some parts of Jamaica be watered by some more highly gifted, and more zealous pastor, (or pastors,) and may God (without whom all our preaching is vain) give a bountiful increase of religious fruit, even an hundred fold.

I shall, most probably, draw down upon myself a large share of abuse from the colonists and their friends, for the faithfulness of the picture which I have drawn, and may incur odium from other selfish and hard-hearted persons; but though I desire it not, and would much rather be at peace with them all, yet I can assure them, I fear them not altogether, for in the end they will find, that persons of my own sentiments, advocates for the amelioration of the hardships of Slavery, and for the propagation of truly re

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