The Defence of the Settlers of Honduras Against the Unjust and Unfounded Representations of Colonel George Arthur, Late Superintendent of that Settlement: Principally Contained in His Correspondence Relative to the Condition and Treatment of the Slaves of Honduras, 1820-1823, and Printed by Order of the House of Commons, 16th June, 1823

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A. Aikman, Jun., 1824 - Belize - 101 pages
 

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Page 67 - Hence arose difficulty and disappointment to the regular troops, who being under arras, and anxious to proceed with all expedition, suffered delay from want of the necessary boats and craft to embark in. As soon as I saw seventeen craft of different descriptions, having on board two hundred men, set off with orders to rally round the Merlin, I immediately joined them in hopes of assisting Capt.
Page 68 - We have every reason to believe that the enemy suffered much in the action of the 10th, as well in killed and wounded, as in the hulls and rigging of the vessels engaged ; and I am happy to inform your lordship, that we had not a single man hurt, and that no injury was done to any of our vessels deserving of notice. " It would be unjust, my lord, to mention the names of any officers, either of the military or militia, on account of any particular service performed by them, for the conduct of all...
Page 39 - The prisoner admitted, indeed voluntarily bore testimony to, the uniform excellent conduct of the poor slave for many years, and stated that the circumstance for which she had now chastised her was the only misconduct of which she had ever been guilty. " The Bench, which was composed of four magistrates, in charging the jury, in no way whatever adverted to the dreadful instrument with which the punishment had been inflicted ; to the poor slave's ear having been cut through ; to the frightful blows...
Page 69 - I could no means act. I ordered three of our armed vessels to annoy them in their endeavours, which succeeded so far as to occasion their removal at dark, and a small channel they had marked by driving down stakes was also taken up by our canoes. "I now clearly saw that their next effort would be to get possession of St. George's Key, from which place (only nine miles from Belize...
Page 39 - On proceeding to the dwelling of Miss Duncannette Campbell, I found the slave Kitty at the foot of a bed, with a pair of handcuffs on, and chained round the legs with a double padlock ; the chain was bound round so close that she could not stand or move. I saw a cut upon the left ear, and many stripes upon the back ; her face also bore visible marks of whipping, and there was a bruise under her eye. I tried to lift her up, but she could not stand; she •informed me that she had been in this situation...
Page 40 - I should otherwise have been disposed to have done, from the impression that two of the magistrates (it being their first year in office), might have acted without consideration, under the influence of Mr. Bowen, who, as an older magistrate, was well acquainted with the laws and customs of the court ; and to whom, from his well-known character, I could have no hesitation in referring the whole matter, although it was difficult in such a case officially to attach the blame where I felt it ought to...

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