Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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River! River! headlong Piiver!
Down you dash into the sea;
Sea, that hne hath never sounded,
Sea, that voyage hath never rounded,
Like eternity.
I wrote to you on the 19th instant, and
soon afterwards received an invitation,
which I gladly accepted, to accompany a
gentleman to his rice plantation, about
thirty miles distant. With the interesting
character of the excellent and valuable
friend, I have already made you acquainted.
Descended from one of the old patrician
families who form, as it were, the nobihty
of Carohna, educated at one of our Eng-
lish public schools and universités, and
enjoying a high reputation, acquired in ar-
duous military and diplomatic situations,
he would be regarded, I am persuaded, as
second to few in Europe, as a statesman,
a scholar, and a gentleman. 1 took an
early breakfast with him at his handsome
town house from whence we proceeded to
the ferry. After crossing the bay, we
found the General's caniage waiting for
us, with a few periodical pubhcations in it,
and with led horses in case we should wish
to vary our mode of conveyance. We
stopped at noon to rest our horses, and to
take a little refreshment in the woods, and
reached the plantation to a late dinner in
the evening. The road lay through a pine
barren; and we scarcely passed a creature
in the course of the day, except my friend's
sister, an old lady, and her two nieces
who were on their way to Charleston, in
a large family carriage and four, with a
black servant on a mule behind, a Negro
woman and child on the footboard, and
three or four baskets of country provisions
hanging from the axle-tree. They enquir-
ed how far they were from the spring,
where we had been resting, and where
they proposed to take their a I fresco
In the morning, I strolled out before
breakfast, into the plantation, and saw
about twelve female slaves, from eighteen
to twenty eight years of age, thrashing
rice on a sort of clay flour, in the same
manner as our farmers thrash wheat. It
was extremely hot, and the employment
seemed very laborious. After breakfast the
General took liie over the plantation, and
in the course of our walk we visited the
little dwellings of the Negroes. These are
generally grouped together round some-
thing like a farm yard; and behind each of
them was a little garden, which they cul-
tivate on their own account. The huts
themselves are not unlike a poor Irish cabin
with the addition of a chimney. The bed-
ding of the Negroes consists simply of blan-
kets, and their covering is generally con-
fined to a sort of flannel garment, made up
in different forms. Those whom I saw at
home were cowering over a fire, although
the day was oppressively hot, and the little
Negroes were sunning themselves with great
satisfaction about the door. They all seem-
ed glad to see my friend, who talked to
them very familiarly, and most of them
enquired after their mistress. 1 was told
that their provisions were prepared for
them, and that twice every day they had
as much as they asked for of Indian corn,
sweet potatoes, and broth, with the occa-
sional addition of a little meat. Besides
this they frequently prepare for themselves
a little supper from the produce of their
garden, and fish which they catch in the
river. On many plantations it is usual to
give out their allowance once a week and
to let them cook it for themselves, their
fuel costing them nothing but the trouble
of gathering it. A nurse and doctor, both
Negroes I believe, are provided for them;
and making allowance for the sick, the
children, &c. 1 was told that on the rice
plantations in that neigbourhood, half the
gangs were efl'ective hands. I heard my
benevolent friend order wine, oranges &c.
for some of the invalids; and I believe
that I have seen a very favourable specimen
of Negro slavery. Yet the picture must
ever be a dark one, and when presented
to an eye not yet familiar with its horrors,
must excite reflections the most painful
and depressing. Humanity may mitigate
the sufferings of the unhappy victims of
the slave-system, and habit render them
less sensible to their degradation, but no
tenderness can eradicate from slavery the
evils inherent in its very nature, nor fami-
liarity reconcile man to perpetual bondage,
but by sinking him below the level of his
The Negroes usually go to work at sun-
rise and finish the task assigned to them
at three or four, or sometimes five or six
in the evening. They have Sunday to
themselves, three days at Christmas, one
day for sowing their little crop in spring,
and another for reaping it in autumn. In
the course of the morning we saw several
plantations in the neighbourhood; on some
of which were very handsome residences,
with grounds resembling an English park.