Mar 21, 2013 - Sale 2308

Sale 2308 - Lot 21

Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) "The Tyrant Reproved by His Slave." Manuscript "Anecdote, Communicated by a Sailor." Single Small 4to leaf of laid paper, torn from the end-paper of an early book. No place, circa 1750-1800

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An interesting anti-slavery sentiment, in the form of an anecdote, reportedly overheard by a sailor in the West Indies: "A poor West Indian Negro, employed as a domestic in the house of his master who had purchased him, having bought a trifling Article of a fellow Negro who had procured it by Clandestine means, was detected with the property about him: & therefore, ordered by his master to be very severely whipped. After he had received the punishment, he said to the Officer who had inflicted it "Why you no flog White man?" "So we do" answered the Officer "when they buy stolen goods knowing them to be stolen." The Negro replied "There stand my Massa; why you no flog him as you flog poor me: he buy me and he know me stole."