Analysis of the Report of a Committee of the House of Commons on the Extinction of Slavery

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Page 1 - appointed to consider and report upon the measures which it might be expedient to adopt for the purpose of effecting the extinction of slavery throughout the British Dominions, at the earliest period compatible with the safety of all classes in the colonies, and in conformity with the resolutions of this House, of the 15th of May, 1823.
Page 2 - That this House is anxious for the accomplishment of this purpose, at the earliest period that shall be compatible with the well-being of the slaves themselves, with the safety of the colonies, and with a fair and equitable consideration of the interests of private property.
Page 138 - ... any person that teaches a person of color, slave or free, to read or write, or causes such persons to be so taught, is subjected to a fine of thirty dollars for each offence; and every person of color who shall teach reading or writing, is subject to a fine of thirty dollars or to be imprisoned ten days and whipped thirty-nine lashes ...
Page 28 - The provisions for the prevention of excessive labour, contemplate the working the slaves for eleven hours and a half daily out of crop, and place no limit to the continuance of their work during crop, time.
Page 2 - That through a determined and persevering, but, at the same time, judicious and temperate enforcement of such measures, this House looks forward to a progressive improvement in the character of the slave population, such as may prepare them for a participation in those civil rights and privileges which are enjoyed by other classes of his majesty's subjects.
Page 11 - ... own provision-grounds, exclusive of Sundays, except during the time of crop, under the penalty of fifty pounds, to be recovered against the overseer or other person having the care of such slaves.
Page 210 - Letter from Legion to his Grace the Duke of Richmond, containing an Exposure of the Character of the Evidence on the Colonial Side produced before the Committee.
Page 179 - In some particular cases, such for example as the case of rape, such a restriction might secure impunity to offenders of the worst description. The rejection of the testimony of slaves twelve months after the commission of the crime would be fatal to the ends of justice in many cases, nor is it easy to discover what solid advantage could result from it in any case. If the owner of a slave is convicted of any crime on the testimony of that slave, the court has no power of declaring the slave free,...
Page 116 - I know we are free. I have read it in the English papers. I have taken an oath not to work after Christmas without pay, and I will not.
Page 8 - It has appeared from the report of the Committee that the main points of their enquiry were embraced by the two following propositions, including, in fact, all that Mr. Buxton, in moving for that Committee, had pledged himself, or even thought it necessary to attempt, to prove, viz :— 1. THAT THE SLAVES, IF EMANCIPATED, WILL ADEQUATELY MAINTAIN THEMSELVES BY THEIR OWN LABOUR; and 2nd.

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