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expert at a certain charming dance, and she will foon give you an opportunity of shewing her abi. 'lities.
Indeed, it is very difficult, and almost impoffible for any young man, though ever so prudent, to live amongst them for any length of time, without having unlawful connections with them : they have too many alluring temptacions to lead men attray; nay, was it poflible that a man could have sufficient resolution to abstain from them, they would exert every base means to torment and intult him, and ac 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 whices to their naves; nay, even those who are born flaves, and continue lo till they arrive to the age of twenty-five or thirty years, when by art or stratagem they procurę 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, conna recollect” their primitive insignificance: I have known many giphies, though subject from the age of eleven to thirty to the prostitution and luft 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 ascen.
dancy over their keepers, as to have their free. dom recorded, and to get possession of naves and eftates! and as soon as these African queens became mistresses, to log and torture most cruelly on all occasions, their Naves and former companions, to Thew their notority, as they say: the yellow snake says to her poor black wench who she is learning to be a stitcher, “ You damn'd corpion! You black vipa! I will flog you libba out! Put him in dere! Put him in dere! Dat will nebba do foa me, garl! Wind him fo! Work him fo! Hold him fo! Jig him fo! Kackkaw foa you!
In Kingstown and Spanish-Town, particularly the suburbs, there are many full rookeries of these touch-wood amorous damsels:-take care of your constitution, by avoiding 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 good. natured: 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 it will be taken notice of, and may
injure your reputation. When a white man is inclined to get a Mongrel or black girl for a night, 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 infatuarion 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 rubie's ; but lewd women are fountains of human frailcies. In hiftory we read that the greatest misfortunes have attended men through the means of women ; and we see inftances daily of the base diffimulating stratagems of the fex, by the numbers who are brought to the gallows through their means. Solomon says mott beautifully,
“ Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways 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 feer 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 nor 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 said, you may form fome idea of che scenes of profligacy and dissipation prac
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 finner cannot bear to hear the holy scriptures read over like a ballad by profigate rakes and pedagogues, who never were designed for sacerdotal functions; and who, instead of Thewing 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 lower to black Aower, and had spu. rious progenies of different coloured children difpersed all over the inand; and when they get drunk, which was almost nightly, they boasted of their amours, and gloriously exulced in their wickedness.
There are many free black men and women all over the inand, some of whom have Naves 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 at chat sable mo
narch's; he lives in a snug litele house, thatched with wild pymento leaves, retired on a rugged rocky mountain covered with huge trees, in the parish of St. Mary; where the wild romantic situ. ation, and the croaking of ravens and crows, added much to the folemnity of the scene.
I was saluted by two centinels who were sta. tioned at the door; king Cudjo hearing me, came out, and asked me to alight, and take some sefreshment; 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, respecto ing his situation : he told me that he lived very happy, that he had about five thousand black sub. jects, commanded by his brother, Captain Davy; that they cleared odd spots of woodland, planted plenty of corn and other provisions, raised fmall ftock, killed wild cattle, swine, &c. “ I have brandy, rum and porter, (said 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 ftupendous wilderness? “ O fir, (replied he) his Majesty in England sends them to me yearly; we are very good friends: I furnished him all this war with a thousand of my men.” I was also so inquisitive as to interrogate him concerning their freedom; and he very can