Six Months in the West Indies, in 1825

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J. Murray, 1832 - 311 páginas
 

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Página 283 - The parliament of Great Britain sits at the head of her extensive empire in two capacities, one as the local legislature of this island, providing for all things at home, immediately and by no other instrument than the executive power. The other, and I think her nobler capacity, is what I call her imperial character; in which, as from the throne of heaven, she superintends all the several inferior legislatures, and guides and controls them all without annihilating any.
Página 283 - It is necessary to coerce the negligent, to restrain the violent, and to aid the weak and deficient, by the overruling plenitude of her power.
Página 308 - Westward the course of empire takes its way; The four first acts already past, A fifth shall close the drama with the day : Time's noblest offspring is the last.
Página 40 - The island is divided into three sorts of men, viz. masters, servants, and slaves. The slaves and their posterity, being subject to their masters for ever, are kept and preserved with greater care than the servants, who are theirs but for five years, according to the law of the island.
Página 40 - Upon the arrival of any ship that brings servants to the island, the planters go aboard ; and having bought such of them as they like, send them with a guide to his plantation ; and being come, commands them instantly to make their cabins, which they not knowing how to do, are to be advised by other of their servants, that are their seniors ; but if they be churlish, and will not shew them, or if materials be wanting to make them cabins, then they are to lye on the ground that night.
Página 269 - Gods' pure sceptres, and the darts of Love, That with their touch might make a tiger meek, Or might great Atlas from his seat remove; So white, so soft, so delicate, so sleek, As she had worn a lily for a glove, As might beget life, where was never none And put a spirit into the hardest stone.
Página 41 - Overseer; if they resist their time is doubled. I have seen an Overseer beat a servant with a cane about the head till the blood has followed for a fault that is not worth the speaking of ; and yet he must have patience, or worse will follow.
Página 132 - ... Englishman never. If our colonies were to throw themselves into the hands of the North Americans, as their enemies say that some of them wish to do, the planters would make their little triennial trips to New York as they now do to London. The consequence of this feeling is, that every one, that can do so, maintains some correspondence with England, and when any article is wanted, he sends to England for it. Hence, except in the case of chemical drugs, there is an inconsiderable market for an...
Página 149 - Beautiful islands ! where the green Which Nature wears was never seen 'Neath zone of Europe ; — where the hue Of sea and heaven is such a blue, As England dreams not; where the night Is all irradiate with the light Of stars like moons, which, hung on high, Breathe and quiver in the sky...
Página 69 - Misericordia ! Ave Maria !" answered the smuggler. ' It was a considerable time before the fellow could be brought back to his senses, when he gave this account of the matter ; . . . that they saw a vessel apparently following them, with only two persons on board, and steering, without a single sail, directly in the teeth of the wind, current and tide ; Against the breeze, against the tide She steadied with upright keel.

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