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expert at a certain charming dance, and she will soon give you an opportunity of shewing her abilities.
Indeed, it is very difficult, and almost impossible for any young man, though ever so prudent, to live amongst them for any length of time, without having unlawsul connections with them: they have too many alluring temptations to lead men astray; nay, was it possible that a man could have sufficient resolution to abstain from them, thev would exert every base means to terment and insult him, and at last conclude that he had lost the use of his members, or was no man; so, in order to avoid aspersions of this kind, whenever you go to their balls, be brisk, and choose out a partner for the night.
All Mongrels, male and female, are more cruel and severe than whites to their staves; nay, even those who are born staves, and continue ib till they arrive to the age of twenty-five or thirty years, when by art or stratagem they procure their freedom, like all other mean beings, when raised from nothing to something, they hate all retrospect, and, like the Caladonian, "who no profession knew or trade, contia recollect" their primitive insignificance: I have known many gipsies, though subject from the age of eleven to thirty to the prostitution and lust of overseers, book-keepers, negroes, &c. to be taken into keeping by gentlemen, who paid exorbitant hire for their use, and in the end to gain such ascendancy dancy over their keepers, as to have their freedom recorded, and to get possession of slaves and estates! and as soon as these African queens became mistresses, to flog and torture most cruelly on all occasions, their slaves and former companions, to shew their notority, as they fay: the yellow snake fays to her poor black wench who lhe is learning to be a slitcher, " Tou damtfd corfion! T7U black vipa! I will flog you libba out! Put him in dere! Put him in dere! Dat will nebba dofoa me, gar I! Wind him so! Work him so! Hold him so! Jig him so! Kackkaw foa you!
In Kingstown and Spanish-Town, particularly the suburbs, there are many sull rookeries of these touch-wood amorous damsels:—take care of your constitution, by ayoiding their fires as much as possible. However, as there are many better than others among the tawny race, if you chance to meet an agreeable young woman, who upon enquiry (do not credit her own words) you will find was not much prostituted, if you please and humour her properly, she will make and mend all your clothes, attend you when sick, and when she can afford it will assist you with any thing in her power, for many of them are goodnatured: and this I hope you will observe; though you make one of them your companion by night, do not be seen in a public place by day with her, nor do not accustom yourself to be haunting their huts by night, as many raw young men do, for ic will be taken notice of, and may
injure injure your reputation. When a white man is inc! ned to get a Mongrel or black girl fora nighr, the usual mode is to hire a boy or old woman to procure one. Upon the whole, I think it is a great weakness, and an infatuation bordering on phrenzy in men, to waste their vigour and substance upon harlots, whites, Mongrels, or blacks. A virtuous women is a crown of glory, and her price is far above rubies; but lewd women are fountains of human frailties. In history we read t/iac the greatest misfortunes have attended men through the means of women; and we fee instances daily of the base dissimulating stratagems of the sex, by the numbers who are brought to 'the gallows through iheir means. Solomon fays most beautisully,
"Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy way* unto that which destroyeth kings—For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honey-comb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: but her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged, sword.—Her feet go down to death, her steps take hold on hell.—Lust not after her beauty in thine heart, neither let her take thee with her eye-lids.—Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?—Can one go upon her coals, and his feet not be burned ?—For a whore is a deep ditch, and a strange woman is a narrow pit."
From all I have faid, you may form some idea of the scenes of profligacy and dissipation practised tised in Jamaica, and how much religion is abused when neglected even in the towns; though there are eighteen parishes, and twenty incumbents paid salaries from government, exclusive of the emoluments arising from christenings and burials, (as for marriages, I need not mention them they are so few) yet they seldom preach on Sundays, and when they do, few go to hear them, for they are the worst preachers I ever heard; and the most abandoned sinner cannot bear to hear the holy scriptures read over like a ballad by profligate rakes and pedagogues, who never were designed for facerdotal sunctions; and who, instead of shewing good examples by endeavouring to reform the vices of the times, they themselves practice every excess and debauchery. I was well acquainted with five of those reverend gentlemen, who, though they were married to amiable ladies, wantonly roved from Mongrel to Mongrel, from black flower to black flower, and had spurious progenies of different coloured children dispersed all over the island; and when they get drunk, which was almost nightly, they boasted of their amours, and gloriously exulted in their wickedness.
There are many free black men and women all over the island, some of whom have slaves and plantations, and live very comfortable and happy. The most considerable number of free blacks are king Cudjoe's subjects: I once had occasion to cross the island, and called ac that fable monarch's; I
narch's; he lives in a snug little house, thatched with wild pymento leaves, retired on a rugged rocky mountain covered with huge trees, in the parifii ofSt. Mary; where the wild romantic situation, and the croaking of ravens and crows, added much to the solemnity os the scene.
I was faluted by two centinels who were stationed at the door; king Cudjo hearing me, came out, and asked me to alight, and take some refreshment; I thanked him, and as I was much fatigued, embraced his offer.
I asked him as many questions as I thought I could modestly, without giving offence, respecting his situation: he told me that he lived very happy, that he had about five thoufand black subjects, commanded by his brother, Captain Davy; that they cleared odd spots of woodland, planted plenty of corn and other provisions, raised small stock, killed wild cattle, swine, &c. "I have brandy, rum and porter, (faid he) make free, you are kindly welcome, I am always glad to entertain a stranger:" In short, I dined heartily, and was treated with much civility. I asked him, how he possibly could get liquors or other supplies to such a remote stupendous wilderness? "O sir, (replied he) his Majesty in England fends them to me yearly; we are very good friends: I furnished him all this war with a thoufand of my men." I was also so inquisitive as to interrogate him concerning their freedom^ and he very candidly