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SLAVERY in British Guiana, 1832. 5818
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19 Sep, 2012 08:54:21 BST
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Autograph Letter Signed by Charles Kyte, agent in Guiana, to Henry Beard in London, sending the accounts for his cotton estate, and deploring the behaviour of the slaves “in consequence of the New Law”. 2 pp. letter (incorporating another 2 pp of accounts), 12 x 7½ inches, address panel with Deal Ship Letter marking, folds, in good condition, one word lacking at seal opening. Berbice, New Amsterdam [British Guiana], 17 February 1832. The Dutch colonies of Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo were ceded to the British in 1814, and incorporated into a single colony in 1831. Guyana became independent in 1966. This early letter from the new colony describes the local effects of the movement for the abolition of slavery. “I have been obliged to visit the West Coast since I wrote you, the slaves [on] Mr Blair’s Estates and at Golden Goree[?] having shewn very strong symptoms of insubordination, in consequence of the New Law, which coming to them without the intervention of the Colonial Government has had[?] only the most mischievous effect; as they think it sets them beyond the authority of their Masters: they give three cheers for King William whenever the Flag is hoisted & the Horn blows for Breakfast & dinner, and are much disposed to make the extra leisure which the Law gives them as the reason for doing nothing, or the next thing to it. ...the women ...on Mr Blairs Estates absolutely refused to clean more Cotton than 15th per day instead of 40 as I insist upon, or, as they frequently have done & can easily do, 60th! I have been very firm & determined with both Gangs...”

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