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I still regard the young ladies, though I abhor their manners and customs; I think it is to be lamented that in such a forishing island as Jamaica, there are not proper seminaries for the instruction of both fexes, of those whose parents cannot afford them an European education; those seminaries should be well supplied with English matters and mistresses whose abilities and morals would bear frict scrutiny; also, with men and maid servants from England. The children should be put to school at an early age; nor should they have any intercourse, if possible, with any of the black or tawny race, to corrupt their dialect and morals,

I think it is very necessary that every man should study the nature and dispositions of different women, as well as of men; and he cannot get a proper knowledge of the former without fome sinful experience, disease and expence: I would recommend it, even to my son, to get introduced into a bawdy house at times, but to be particular in his choice of the company who introduced him, as to their friendship and integrity; and if he got a few comfortable kickings, with two or three sinart touches of a fashionable disease, fo that he got properly cured again, to make a long and lasting impression on his mind, and after trying the tempers and dispositions of other women, their strength and weakness, &c. he would be cool as ice to the ogling incitations of jilting coquets, and the vile allurements of dif



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tempered harlots, who with fictitious smiles and aching hearts procure their existances: he would Thun their dens of infamy, and detest their horrid keepers, wicked hags of hell; and if his constitution was not too far impaired, he might make a prudent loving husband, a good father, and a good master; he would know the value of a truly virtuous woman better than the bashful youth who never went attray. « Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies."

Do not imagine from what I have said, that every Creole lady is so soft and ignorant as Miss Louisa and Miss Laura. I have mentioned before, that those who are educated properly from their infancy are as chaste and well bred women as any in the world; I only point particularly ac those who receive their education amongst negroe wenches, and imbibe great part of their dialect, principles, manners and customs.

The company of polite sensible women is services able to young men; I would wish you to get introduced to such as much as possible; for there is a certain delicacy, a softness and sweetness of manners, and brilliancy of wit and sentiment, to be found in women only, which polish and refine men:By frequenting the company of polite women you will shake off aukwardness and clownish rusticity. Without women men would be mere brutes.

“ Can there in woman be such glorious faith!
“ Sure all ill stories of the sex are false:
“ O, woman! Lovely woman! Nature made you

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To temper man; without you we'd been brutes:
“ There's in you all we can believe of Heaven,
“ Amazing brightness, purity and truth,
“ Eternal joy and everlasting love!"

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Yet, I would not have you be one of those fashionable monkies, constantly dangling after the sex, carrying the lap dog of one, and the fan or Nippers of another-no, women like men to appear and act like men, and not like baboons or asses. One thing more I recommend to you;

wish to keep in favour with the fair, never contradict them, but coincide with them in their impertinences and little absurdities; for flattery in disguise, artfully displayed, is an essential in. gredient; and though you be ever so seriously inclined, when you get amongst ladies throw all care aside, and be all attention; there is a certain affable and agreeable lively behaviour, and chitchat nonsense, which you must practice; and al. ways have at command a few nice little humorous wrapped up anecdotes, &c. It is a general rule all over the world, amongst the lovely fex, from the cinderbricch to the dutchess, that Aattery, and triling presents in time and season have a wonderful effect in softening their hearts.

« Or wou'd you the frowns of a lady prevent,

She too has this palpable failing;
" The perquisite foftens her into confent;

“ That reason with all is prevailing."

Having Having thus far endeavoured to give you some idea of Creole men and women, I shall next treat of Mongrels; a Mongrel is any thing that is engendered or begotten between different kinds, and resembles neither in nothing but form; such as a mule that is begot between an ass. and a mare; or in the human species, a Sambo, that is begot by a Mulatto and a black: a Mulatco, that is begot by a white and a black: a Mestee, that is begot between a white and a Mulatto: a Quadroon, that is begot between a white and a Mestee, &c. &c. A Sambo is of a footy dark brown colour, with hair or coarse wool, like that of a negroe, but rather longer; a Mulatto is of a yellow sickly colour, without the least tincture of rosy bloom; a Mestee is much fairer than a Mulaico, but of a fickly hue; a Quadroon is as fair as some whites, but rather delicate and sickly inclined. When Mongrels of different kinds copulate together, they beget Mongrels differing from themselves, of which there may be innumerable gradations; for in my opinion, Mongrels, though thirty generations distant from blacks blood, cannot be real whites.

All Mongrels, male and female, have a vast Mare of pride and vanity, baseness and ingratitude in their compositions: their delicacy and ignorance being such, that they despise and degrade their parents and relations inclining to the Cable race; the men, if born to estates or properI 2

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ties (as many are), are much of the same nature of the illiterate white Creole men; not much inferior, but of course more negrofied; and when they are not kept at a proper distance and under due subjection, are often very infolent and impudent. When those spurious cubs, having no trades, squander what their infatuated


bequeathed them, they turn out the most thieving pilfering vagrants; for never having practised any industry, but beggared themselves by their profligacy and dissipation, Creole fashion, they are quite ignorant ever after of the ways and means to earn their livelihoods industriously and honestly. If a gentleman wished his Mongrel son to do well, he should do nothing more for him than to give him a smattering of reading, writing and arithmetic, to procure his freedom, and bind him at an early age to a trade, during which time to stint himn in both money and cloaths, and to convince him that he might never expect any other favours; in such case, he might labour for a livelihood, and come to some good. I knew a Mulutto man in Spanish-Town, whose father did little more for him than to procure his manumiflion, and bind him to a millwright; and this very man in the year 1784, when I was in Jamaica, was attorney for thirty or forty plantations, and supposed to be worth 4 or 500l. sterling.

As for Mongrel women, though the daughters of rich men, and though poffeffed of Naves and

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