A Wicked Attempt on the Part of Her Majesty's Ministers to Perpetuate the Present Awful State of Slavery and the Slave Trade.The Despatched from the Governor of Jamaice have been withheld and concealed for Fifty Six Days after their arrival; and during the sittings of the Colonial Committee. These Despatches strongly urge the immediate necessity of a Differential Duty--to uphold the Free Labour system from its impending ruin. Fortunately for the credit of England, she has possessed in Sir Charles Grey, Governor of Jamaica, a man of honourable and independent mind-who although enjoying one of the most lucrative offices in the gift of the crown,-would not become a tool to his vile employers. Signed -- Edward Hyde Clarke. 19th.June, 1848. Leamington. [&] To the British Public. The Colonial question does not endanger the carrying out the Free Trade question...that Sir Charles Grey's Dispatches ought not to have have been withheld during the sittings of the Colonial Committee, is a case so desperate as the Act of 1846 has placed the empire in. Signed Edward Hyde Clarke. Leamington, June 20th, 1848.
Sir Charles Edward Grey (1785-1865) was a Governor of Jamaica following the sharp loss of British control over the island, and loss of property and life following the slave revolt, known as the Baptist War. Following this rebellion in 1831, the British Parliament held two enquiries, which resulted in the serious contribution to the abolition of slavery as of August 1, 1834. The Jamaican slaves were however still bound to their former owners but were granted certain rights until 1838 under what was called the Apprenticeship System. Slaves, despite being part of a freed population, still faced significant hardships, however Sir Charles Grey sought to maintain this agreement of trust and freedom for the slaves of Jamaica, despite attempts to perpetuate the slave system. See 18366. An accompanying letter from Edward Hyde Clarke, a British landowner in Jamaica, to the British public, condemns their decisions and attitudes towards the slaves in Jamaica. He states in a brusque manner that British citizens should not complain about their "five hours a day free labour at good wages, Saturday and Sunday a holiday", in comparison to "fifteen hours a day slave labour, under the lash, and no wages and no holiday"
[Ref: 18354] £320.00