Domestic Manners and Social Condition of the White, Coloured, and Negro Population of the West Indies Volume 2

Domestic Manners and Social Condition of the White, Coloured, and Negro Population of the West Indies Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ... of the negro produce. Every week some of our people went to St. Josephs and to Arima to market; and the carters rarely took the carts to Port of Spain without getting some articles sent into town for sale; and they also occasionally sold to the neighbouring estates, as their negroes did to us. These negroes were healthy and robust: there were a few sick now and then, and many more who pretended sickness to avoid working; but there did not seem any inclination to starve themselves in order to obtain money, by selling what they ought to eat. The likings and dislikings of negroes are very different from those of an European: there is indeed a good deal of the gourmond in their disposition; and negro cookery is by no means so despicable as some suppose. I rather think a good supper is one of their first objects; fine clothes for a gala day the next. As for their appreciation of a fine house and furniture, that altogether depends upon their advancement in civilization. Every negro house on Laurel-Hill estate, was quite equal to those that I have described in the first volume of this work, as the general abodes of negroes. They had their plantain leaf mattresses, as we also had, in general use. Their pillows and bolsters were feathers of their own purchasing; and in the article of sheets and linen, I seldom found any deficiency in any negro of good character. Some of course have much finer linen than others; but there are few who do not lay up some "Irish cloth," as they call it, for their burial. Attachment to respectable dress (I do not mean mere finery, such as jewels, &.c.) is always a proof of civilization; and some negroes are most ridiculous dandies. We had several of such at Laurel-Hill. S., the head boiler-man at...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236977548
  • 9781236977540

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