Get eBOOK Speech of REV. Henry Bleby: Missionary from Barbadoes, on the Results of Emancipation in the British W. I. Colonies, Delivered at the Celebration of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, Held at Island Grove, Abington, July 31st, 1858
Excerpt from Speech of Rev. Henry Bleby: Missionary From Barbadoes, on the Results of Emancipation in the British W. I. Colonies, Delivered at the Celebration of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, Held at Island Grove, Abington, July 31st, 1858
I am happy, Mr. President, that you have placed me before this assembly, not as one from whom a speech may be expected, but in the capacity of a witness; and therefore I can tell a plain, straight-forward tale, without being at all cast down by the consciousness that I cannot make any pretension to those gifts of oratory, which I have observed our friends have been accustomed to meet with in connection with those who have taken a leading part on such occasions as this.
I am, perhaps, Mr. Chairman, the only person present who was an eye-witness of that event which you have met together this day to celebrate. You will see that I am not a very old man, sir; the snows of age have not entirely covered my head; but I am old enough to have been present during that insurrection to which you have referred, and which was one of the principal events which hastened on the crisis of the movement for West India Emancipation, and constrained the British government to 'let the oppressed go free.'
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