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I ftill regard the young ladies, though I abhor their manners and cuftoms; I think it is to be lamented that in fuch a florishing ifland as Jamaica, there are not proper feminaries for the inftruction of both fexes, of thofe whofe parents cannot afford them an European education; those feminaries fhould be well fupplied with English mafters and miftreffes whofe abilities and morals would bear flrict fcrutiny; alfo, with men and maid fervants from England. The children fhould be put to school at an early age; nor fhould they have any intercourfe, if poffible, with any of the black or tawny race, to corrupt their dialect and morals,
I think it is very neceffary that every man fhould study the nature and difpofitions of different women, as well as of men; and he cannot get a proper knowledge of the former without fome finful experience, difeafe and expence: I would recommend it, even to my fon, 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 fiart touches of a fashionable disease, fo that he got properly cured again, to make a long and lafting impreffion on his mind, and after trying the tempers and difpofitions of other women, their ftrength and weaknefs, &c. he would be cool as ice to the ogling incitations of jilting coquets, and the vile allurements of dif
tempered harlots, who with fictitious fmiles and aching hearts procure their exiftances: he would fhun their dens of infamy, and deteft their horrid keepers, wicked hags of hell; and if his conftitution was not too far impaired, he might make a prudent loving husband, a good father, and a good mafter; he would know the value of a truly virtuous woman better than the bashful youth who never went aftray. "Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies."
Do not imagine from what I have faid, that every Creole lady is so soft and ignorant as Miss Louifa and Mifs 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 at those who receive their education amongst negroe wenches, and imbibe great part of their dialect, principles, manners and customs.
The company of polite fenfible women is ferviceable to young men; I would wish you to get introduced to fuch as much as poffible; for there is a certain delicacy, a softness and sweetness of manners, and brilliancy of wit and fentiment, to be found in women only, which polifh and refine men:By frequenting the company of polite women you will shake off aukwardness and clownish rufticity. Without women men would be mere brutes.
"Can there in woman be fuch glorious faith!
"To temper man; without you we'd been brutes:
Yet, I would not have you be one of those fashionable monkies, conftantly dangling after the fex, carrying the lap dog of one, and the fan or flippers of another-no, women like men to appear and act like men, and not like baboons or affes. One thing more I recommend to you; if you wish to keep in favour with the fair, never contradict them, but coincide with them in their impertinences and little abfurdities; for flattery in difguife, artfully difplayed, is an effential ingredient; and though you be ever so seriously inclined, when you get amongst ladies throw all care afide, and be all attention; there is a certain affable and agreeable lively behaviour, and chitchat nonfenfe, which you must practice; and always 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 cinderbritch to the dutchefs, that flattery and trifling prefents in time and feafon have a wonderful effect in foftening their hearts.
"Or wou'd you the frowns of a lady prevent,
Having thus far endeavoured to give you some idea of Creole men and women, I fhall next treat of Mongrels; a Mongrel is any thing that is engendered or begotten between different kinds, and resembles neither in nothing but form; fuch as a mule that is begot between an afs and a mare; or in the human species, a Sambo, that is begot by a Mulatto and a black: a Mulatto, that is begot by a white and a black: a Meftee, that is begot between a white and a Mulatto: a Quadroon, that is begot between a white and a Meftee, &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 fickly colour, without the leaft tincture of rofy bloom; a Mestee is much fairer than a Mulatto, but of a fickly hue; a Quadroon is as fair as fome whites, but rather delicate and fickly 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 diftant from blacks blood, cannot be real whites.
All Mongrels, male and female, have a vast fhare of pride and vanity, bafenefs and ingratitude in their compofitions: their delicacy and ignorance being fuch, that they defpife and degrade their parents and relations inclining to the fable race; the men, if born to eftates or properI 2 ties
ties (as many are), are much of the fame nature of the illiterate white Creole men; not much inferior, but of courfe more negrofied; and when they are not kept at a proper diftance and under due fubjection, are often very infolent and impudent. When thofe fpurious cubs, having no trades, fquander what their infatuated parents bequeathed them, they turn out the most thieving pilfering vagrants; for never having practifed any industry, but beggared themselves by their profligacy and diffipation, Creole fashion, they are quite ignorant ever after of the ways and means to earn their livelihoods industriously and honeftly. If a gentleman wifhed his Mongrel fon to do well, he fhould do nothing more for him than to give him a fmattering of reading, writing and arithmetic, to procure his freedom, and bind him at an early age to a trade, during which time to ftint him in both money and cloaths, and to convince him that he might never expect any other favours; in fuch cafe, he might labour for a livelihood, and come to fome good. I knew a Mulutto man in Spanish-Town, whofe father did little more for him than to procure his manumiffion, 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 fuppofed to be worth 4 or 500l. fterling.
As for Mongrel women, though the daughters of rich men, and though poffeffed of flaves and