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SUBMITTED

TO THE RIGHT HON. LORD GLENELG,

HIS MAJESTY'S PRINCIPAL SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE

COLONIES,

Preparatory

TO AN APPEAL ABOUT TO BE MADE BY THE AUTHOR,

TO THE

Commons of Great Britain,

SEEKING REDRESS FOR GRIEVANCES OF A MOST SERIOUS
TENDENCY, COMMITTED UPON HIM, UNDER THE
ADMINISTRATION OF

HIS EXCELLENCY,

THE MARQUIS OF SLIGO,

THE LATE GOVERNOR,

AND

SIR JOSHUA ROWE,

THE PRESENT LORD CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE

ISLAND OF JAMAICA,

WITH

AN EXPOSURE OF THE PRESENT SYSTEM OF

Jamaica Apprenticeship.

BY HENRY STERNE.

"The most despis'd, wrong'd, outrag'd, helpless wretch,

Who begs his bread, if 'tis refus'd by one,
May win it from another kinder heart;

But he, who is denied his right by those

Whose place it is to do no wrong, is poorer

Than the rejected beggar, or the wretched slave "—BYRON.

CLONDON:

PRINTED BY J. C. CHAPPELL, 151, RATCLIFF HIGHWAY.

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To the

LIBERALS OF GREAT BRITAIN,

THE

UNITED FRIENDS, AND ZEALOUS ADVOCATES

OF

CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS

Liberty.

To you, my friends and countrymen, do I now send forth this little volume, and I humbly beg, that you will most zealously give it your cordial support.

It is to you, and to you only, (save him alone who is the friend and advocate of all,) that I now appeal for support and aid, in exposing most thoroughly, if not, finally, in obtaining redress.

This volume, my friends, will be put into your hands free of cost and charge, save only to the Author, in order that the true friends of liberty may be known.

To such of you, I would say, into whose hands this volume may fall, who live only for yourselves-who grovel through life as if this was your only place of happiness—who never once felt that irresistable spark of brotherly love towards the injured and oppressed-the defenders of your rights-the upholders of your liberty, and the zealous advocates of civil and religious freedom; to such of you I would say "Awake thou that sleepest, and arise" you have lived too long unto yourselves already; if this should be the case, arouse, arouse, redeem the time.

Yet, if from motives known only to yourselves, you decline to rank yourselves, in this list of friends, I pray you to pass on this volume to another; your names and reasons will remain a secret, save only to your own bosoms, for the approval or not of your own consciences, should, ever after, you yourselves stand in need of the like cordial support.

But, to you, my countrymen, who are, indeed, such as I have addressed, liberals and advocates of liberty, 1 pray you to enter with zeal upon the work. And, though I am, and have been, as yet, the only marked victim in the cause, yet, it is not I alone, but you-you, my brethren, who are equally concerned.

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