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Emancipation in the West Indies in 1838

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Emancipation in the West Indies in 1838
American Anti-Slavery Society
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" The thanksgiving and praise were most truly sincere, heartfelt and general. It was an emancipation not merely of the slave but ci" the proprietor. It was felt as such ; openly ac- knowledged and rejoiced in as such. Never have I witnessed more apparently unfeigned expres- sions of satisfaction than were made on that day by the former owners of slaves, at the load of which they had been relieved.
I do not wish to be understood as asserting that previous to the working of emancipation, tlio sla
...ve proprietors wished the abolition of slavery. Far from it. But having, though unwillingly, been made witnesses of the operations of freedom; and having themselves tasted of the previously unknown satisfaction of employing voluntary and contented, because /ree laborers ; their mindr. Became enlightened, softened, changed : and from being the determined opposers, they became themselves the fl7//Aorsof complete emancipation. I know not in what terms to describe to you tlie emotions excited by passing through the streets of this populous town on that memorable morn- ing.

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