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ACCOUNT OF A SHOOTING EXCURSION ON THE MOUNTAINS NEAR DROMILLY ESTATE, IN THE PARISH OF TRELAWNY, AND ISLAND OF JAMAICA, IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, 1824!!!
Printed by Harvey and Darton, London, 1825. [3]-15pp. Lacks half title. Recent half black morocco and grey cloth boards, title stamped in blue on front board. Bookplate on front pastedown (Stephen Hopwood), Jamaican binder's ticket on rear pastedown, newspaper article bound in at rear. Front hinge just starting, slight soiling to titlepage, light tanning. Very good. First edition of this account of the "wanton, cold-blooded" hunting of runaway slaves in Jamaica. The "shooting excursion" in the title refers to the 1824 "attack made by a party of islanders upon a long-established camp of runaway slaves who had lived peaceably for years in a forest settlement" (Ragatz). The pamphlet includes summaries of the attack from the MONTEGO BAY GAZETTE, CORNWALL COURIER, and CORNWALL GAZETTE, as well as an illustration of the camp showing the route of the attackers. The author explains that "the barbarous excursions which have been described, did not owe their origin to any insurrection of the Negroes, in consequence of any discussions in the British Parliament, nor, in consequence of any stir made by the British people in their behalf. They were, as the account itself testifies, wanton, cold-blooded excursions, on the part of the white inhabitants of Trelawny, to root up a runaway settlement, which had subsisted eleven years, without offense or molestation to the neighbourhood" (p.6). The author of the text is unknown, signed only at the end in print as "Alfred." This copy was bound at the Verona Bindery in Kingston, Jamaica, and includes a newspaper article (mounted and bound in at r … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]
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