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Resource Date: 1879

Number: 29

Record Office: Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

Record Office Location Number: D/Ecu2 p194


Cussan's History - Article from Hertfordshire Mercury, Sat Oct 11 1879.

Notes: The item includes Cussan's comment in response to the article on the unveiling of the monument to Thomas Clarkson, as a handwrtten annotation. John Edwin Cussans (1837-1899) lived mostly in North London. He became County Historian of Herts.

Cussan's History (Newpaper article on the Thomas Clarkson Memorial & Cussan's comments on this)

The foregoing is all very well, but there was probably not one man present who had lived among slaves as I have, both in the Southern States of America, before the Emancipation, and in the Spanish West Indies. No one is more intolerant of the crying sin of man-stealing in Africa, then I am; but slavery as it was in America, was by no means the fearful thing that many people (ignorant of the subject) suppose. The negroes of Jamaica, for whose emancipation £20,000,000 was paid, are rapidly degenerating into Barbarism. Jamaica now exports almost nothing. Hundreds of planters, my grandfather was one, were ruined; for no free Negro has sufficient ambition to work beyond the necessity of providing food & drink for himself.
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