Africa Volume 3

Africa Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ... means of the voluntary subscription which he set on foot, they were rescued from starvation; but the expense of permanently maintaining them, was far beyond so precarious a provision. A somewhat Utopian scheme of an African settlement had for some time occupied his thoughts, when Mr. Smeathman's proposal was mentioned to him, and his advice respecting it was solicited by the very parties he sought to relieve. Mr. Sharp entered warmly into the plan; and the British Government, who had long regarded the number of negro mendicants as a nuisance, readily consented to lend their assistance to the project. On the death of Mr. Smeathman, at'the critical moment of its execution, Mr. Sharp stood involved in all the expenses which had attended its outset; but Government interposed to make good the offers that had been made to the colonists; and the transports sailed, under convoy of the Nautilus sloop of war, Captain Thompson, on the 8th of April, 1787. " In the mean time," says Mr. Sharp, in a letter dated January 1788, ' a proposal was made to them by the late Mr. Smeathman, to form a free settlement at Sierra Leone. Many of them came to consult me about the proposal: .sometimes they came in large bodies together,"--Hoare/s Memoirs of Sharp, p, 26V. The commencement of the enterprise was most inauspicious. The negroes sent out amounted to somewhat more than 400, to which number were added about 60 Europeans, chiefly women. "During a long detention of these poor people in the channel, and during their passage to Sierra Leone, they were extremely unhealthy, --in most instances, from disorders brought on board with them, and aggravated by intemperance. In consequence of the delays that had occurred, they were landed in the rainy season, more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236598814
  • 9781236598813