A Letter to a Friend, Relative to the Present State of the Island of Domíníca

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James Robbins, 1818 - Dominica - 39 pages

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Page 35 - LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.
Page 38 - The lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they who seek the Lord, shall want no manner of thing that is good.
Page 34 - God does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men; but though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. She therefore gave not her cheek to him that smote her, neither was full of self-reproach.
Page 38 - After the most anxious consideration of the relations which subsist between master and slave, I cannot but come to the conclusion, that he is the only true friend of both, who enforces upon them the necessity of reciprocal benevolence ; who, by persuading the former to treat the latter with tenderness, and to administer liberally and freely to all his wants, both of soul and body; supplies, at the same time, the most powerful motives for the obedience of the slave — gratitude, love, and confidence.
Page 4 - America, and arrived generally in assorted cargoes, at seasonable times, in sufficient quantities, and were taken at a fair exchange for rum, of which America was the chief market. For many years no hurricane severe enough to destroy the provisions occurred, although they were sometimes damaged. The land is, in general, not rich enough for the growth of canes; indeed, few of its...
Page 5 - ... profitable commerce with America, and of propitious seasons, were abandoned, and their proprietors ruined; many hardly paid their contingent expenses, and the interest of their debts; and but a few compensated in any fair degree for the capital invested, the risks incurred, and the labours endured.
Page 3 - Dominica in ordinary seasons is favourable to the growth of provisions, which are raised with little trouble. The negroes subsist on yams, eddoes, plantains, bananas, cassava, and various other vegetables and fruits, most of which attain to an enormous size; but from the moisture of the climate they are often watery.
Page 35 - Surely, then, the Legislature of Dominica might have levied a small annual tax, for keeping in repair the edifice " in which God's honour dwelleth.
Page 22 - Admitting that estates in general sustained damage proportioned to their size, (which is a concession on my part, when it is considered that the buildings on larger properties are usually kept in much the best order and repair, and therefore are the least likely to suffer injury,) it is of...

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