Letters From An American Farmer By Hector St. John De Crevecoeur



















































































































































 -  These unfortunate creatures cry and weep like
their parents, without a possibility of relief; the very instinct of
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These Unfortunate Creatures Cry And Weep Like Their Parents, Without A Possibility Of Relief; The Very Instinct Of The Brute, So Laudable, So Irresistible, Runs Counter Here To Their Master's Interest; And To That God, All The Laws Of Nature Must Give Way.

Thus planters get rich; so raw, so unexperienced am I in this mode of life, that were I to

Be possessed of a plantation, and my slaves treated as in general they are here, never could I rest in peace; my sleep would be perpetually disturbed by a retrospect of the frauds committed in Africa, in order to entrap them; frauds surpassing in enormity everything which a common mind can possibly conceive. I should be thinking of the barbarous treatment they meet with on ship-board; of their anguish, of the despair necessarily inspired by their situation, when torn from their friends and relations; when delivered into the hands of a people differently coloured, whom they cannot understand; carried in a strange machine over an ever agitated element, which they had never seen before; and finally delivered over to the severities of the whippers, and the excessive labours of the field. Can it be possible that the force of custom should ever make me deaf to all these reflections, and as insensible to the injustice of that trade, and to their miseries, as the rich inhabitants of this town seem to be? What then is man; this being who boasts so much of the excellence and dignity of his nature, among that variety of unscrutable mysteries, of unsolvable problems, with which he is surrounded?

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