London Chronicle, October 21, 1786

London Chronicle

October 21, 1786

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London Chronicle (Newspaper) - October 21, 1786, London, Middlesex Xot.lX. N04668. From SATURDAY, October si, to TUESDAY, October 24, 1786. A f*fc8 �> God Authentic Memoirs a/" a French Officer iv/-o cfatpcd from Slavery. [Continual from our lafl, p. 386.] 0,^g^g^.\^i^vm SSEHBr.ED to the number e^fijil&f^n twe'!ty "round a large %*%4 ~1* ';rei we returned thanks God for having preferv-, from deftruction. Ai- fi".' 'Si-*> t* im ..... robbed of every l^^*5fe/v?J thing, we !nought ourfelves : happieft of men. Alas i poor Bardon ! How miferably wretched did the carpfe of thfs unfortunate youth appear, when floating on the river! No fooner had we fecn it, than ive ran towards the fpot, to endeavour, if poiii'ole, to reftore him. But a cruel favage, wit!', a fabrc in his hand, efpied us battening to the river; and, concluding that >'? had a wifh to return again to the wreck, beat us unmercifully with the flat part of the blade. This treatment plunged us into the ut-moft Of fpair: we could not even point at our dead countryman, but our blows were redoubled. Perceiving no traces of humanity in the conduct of tlicfc people, we believed we were only kept alive to undergo, at fome future period, a death more rigorous than the one we had escaped. A ring was formed rour;d us, and fome armed with fabres, others with poniards, commanded rii to march : beating thofc who lagged behind. A{ length we were ordered to halt, that they might make an equal diftribution of u-fij^morigft them. Not at all agreeing about tVe (hares, they were neai'y killing each other. However, they fettled it at laft, and led away the half of us near to the bank of the river. Here again they quarrel'ed about us, and fell ob us in numbers, each one defirous of poficfling a Chrilrian. Separated from my companions; half dead through tatigue, fear, and horror, occalioned by every thing that unrounded me, I ran without knowing whither my Heps led me. Some of the natives perceive! me, and foon were enabled to come up with me. Others, greedily dcHrous of poffefTing me, tore me without con-fideratiou from their hands. Unable to fuftain fuch rough treatment, I fell motionlefs to the | ground. Near this place the women had lighted a fire, the heat of which revived me con-iiderably; but, feeing nought but the appearance of an inevitable death, I was made fallible only of my exigence by the ex;x 10 Of va\' fufferings. About the evening, a troop of thefe wretches approached me, I thought now my execution 1 was at hand. I law not a lingle cnunirymin ; they were, in my opinion, loni; lince butchered by the criitl hands of thefe barbarous negroes. My God ! with what joy did they and their women dance and fing round me! Here did I lie, without a rag to cover my nakeduefs. J)if-tracted by a thouf.-ind refliiticns, one more horrid than another, I vrifhed to learn fro;-: them what lot they had refervt d for me. Sur-prifed at my inquietude, which they fuppofed could not be the effect of their behaviour, they endeavoured to add courage to my drooping fpirits. One procured me a covering for my back, whilftarother ran to the river, andbronght me back a bifcuit dipped in fait water. I managed to fwallow a part. The pleafure I felt. cn knowing my life was fecure, was the fo!e comfort that kept me in exiftence. Thefe people are fo ftupid and nnpolifbed, that they were literally, l^ft in amazement at my ignorance of their language. They had not an idea of explaining themfelves by fome intelligent figns ; but they figured to theinfelves that I ought to underftand them, equally as well as they did one another. The fun made its appearance cm the horizon, when I awaked, wreathing my body with the mod poignant torments. A with to know what fort of place environed me, made nie endeavour to raife myfelf upright; when at this happy period, I efpied my companions at different diftances around me. We no iboner met and faluted each other, than the tear feemed univer-fally to ftart from our eyes, we wept every one of us, bitterly-we fervently implored protection from the Creator-we could not even fpeak, but a mutual groan of pain and milcry enfued. But what rendered our condition yet more difagreeable, was the unpleafing reflection of being caft on a fpot fo far removed from any intercourfe with European nations; which made us fear our captivity would laft out the courfe of our natural lives. We could not enjoy the mail ordinary confolation allowed the referable ; becaufe we could not reft quiet with the fuppolition of our calamities having arrived at their acme-a fate fli-ll more deplorable a-waited us. ' In the morning our different matters feparat-ed us, and gave us, as ui'ual, a bifcuit ileeped in fait water. The excefs of my hunger made me relilli it as the greiteft luxury I had ever tafted: afterwards 1 lay down upon the land, expofed to the open air. ... On the morrow we all met at tb$ river, where we were fent to hard labour. Scarce had I ftrength to keep my legs under me: I wifhed to make my mafter underftand, by (igns, that I was not able to perform the bufinefs he had af-figned me. Deaf to my reafoning, he beat me, and forced me to execute his orders. Many,of the failors, eye-witneffes of his brutality, came up to my affiftance, and helped me to draw away feveral cafks to the places where we ordinarily flept. 1 My labours ceafed for a fhort time, wbilft the tide was coming in. I thought'ih this time to have got fome reit, but my mafter gave me iYcfh orders. His language I could not poffibly underftand : he was at length compelled to make ailgn, by a rope which he gave .me bound round a faggot. By '.his 1 comprehended his will, and I retired to a wood to bring home tiring.-My ftrength was inadequate to the talk,for lie gave rneno hatchet; and I had nought my finger, to ferve me as tools for all work. Tne angiiiib. and piercing pains my feet fuflain-ed, owing to the-brambles flicking into their Coles, may better be underflood than exprefTed. ouffici- it to fay, I had no (hoes or (lockings, or any kind of covering, except a thin Hurt in which they had clothed metheprecedingevening. After two hours hard work, I completed a fmali bundle 5 but how to bring it home, I was eiitirely-at a lofs. After many effoits to drag it after me, I was obliged (o take it on my (boulders, to the no fmall difcomfort of my back ; for on my arrival, I found myfelf bloody and very fore, the thorns and briers being buried in my fiefh. Nor had I procured enough.-They fent me back again to the wood, having given me a fpecimen of the fort of fuel [Price Threepence,] they generally burned. i made a fignal that I was exceedingly hungry ; but they gave we to-underftand, that one of them was gone to feek. provifion, and that about 'fun-fet they would give me fome nouriflrmcnt. FulUvf deipair at being forced fo mount tip the hill I had fo lately defcended, two women came and afiifted roe; but thty only added to my toil, as they made me work with as much alacity as themfelves.- This lad command was too much for me: I felt down feveral times under the weight of the load they had placed on me. In the evening I faw the woman coming of whom they had fpoken in the iJorning ; but, alas! no provifion. I entreat'jI-JW to give me fome kind of victuals, fori 1. ->-\it I fhould have died. She laughed at mjj . :-J-V>iGons, and. feemed to wifh to inform r�e i,.^-:Jj.v/as very, impatient. -T In fine, at ten at night, my mafter called me. He had brought me fome milk in a fort of~-bladder, or (linking ikin of an animal. After pouring fome into a wooden bowl, he heated it by putting hot flints into it, and gave, it me to drink. What would have been vinegar to many, was as delicious as nectar to my palate.-The difh was empty in an inftant ; and if I had caufe to complain, I fhould not have grumbled at the quality,.but the quantity, of my allowance. On the j,-)d, before I went to work, I vifited my fellow-fufferers; whom I found in a (late of tranquillity, and ftill difpoferj to do nothing without me. After taking my leave, I felt . fome one lay .their hand upon my fhoulder: it was a Moor, who wilhed to. force ine into his hut. Knowing pretty well the difppfition of my mafter, and the troubles I fhould get into if I ftaid long from home, I-made a ftout re-fift.tnce. He "'as roufed at my oppofition, and gave me two blows with his fift, wliich laid me on my back, and gave him an opportunity of dragging me into his hnt before J could recover myfelf. Here he threatened to kill me, if I (lifted  from the place where I now lay; in the mean while he went to reap fome advantage from the materials walhed on (bore from the wreck. Confidering within myfelf, that I was not his flave, and fearing ftill greater misfortunes if I ftaid in bis fervice, I took advantage of his ab-fence, and fet out to find my old mafter. - Scarce had I got an hundred yards, but the plunderer purfued me,' and made me yield under the preffure of his blows. . Many Moors, who were diftant fpedlators of this tranfaction, ran with fpeed to inform my mafter of it. He inftantly haftened to-the fpot, lefs affected-by the lofs of me, than inflamed by the infult he had received from the plunderer. Armed with his carving knife, and other accoutrements, he demanded of my rayifher an ex- -planation of "his conduct. Too feeble to attack him (far there were fix more well armed to affifl: him), my mafter returned home to get fome friends to his fupport. The force was now equal on both (ide�, and both parties were . determined to (land their ground: my mafter was refolded to perifh fooner than leave me in the hands of his enemy; and my ravifherwas too much interefted to give me up-without putting the matter to a trial. However, whilft the Ikirmidi was in continuance, my old mif-trefs marched off with me victorioufly from the field. When the conflict was ended, the relations and clan of my vanquiihed ravifher, who wece ;