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may lead to more general and impartial enquiry concerning our West Indian possessions. He is fully aware that a great deal has already been written on the Colonies in question; but as thus much was penned during the period of slavery, so was it written and canvassed in a spirit of censure and odium ; and although the dark blot of slavery, as far as it was connected with our Colonies in the West, is now and for ever wiped away; there yet remains attached to them a “damned spot,” a stigma consequent on that state of society, which surely ought

not to be considered as inseparable from the latter, when that which gave rise to the infamy exists no longer. Indeed, it is painful and embarrassing to observe among individuals otherwise well informed, the prejudice and enmity which prevail against the West Indies --feelings only to be explained by supposing

such persons to be totally ignorant of the true state of things there.

In premising the foregoing remarks, the author wishes clearly to be understood that he does not profess to instruct; his observations are confined to one small portion of our Colonies, and the topic on which a want of accurate information seems to be most needed, namely, the present condition of the emancipated Negroes, is but sparingly introduced into his volume.

His object is to amuse his reader with a few homely scenes, perhaps imperfectly sketched, and by throwing a little interest into the subject, incite a desire for more minute and rigid inquiry, ere implicit credence be given to all that may be alleged and urged against the West Indies. If he could only succeed in doing this—remembering that “fair play and

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no favour" is the Englishman's motto, it will be a source of gratification to think, that his time was not misemployed when he whiled away the tedium of a long voyage by writing his “Desultory Scenes and Tales of Barbados.”

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