Travellers And Outlaws; Episodes In American History

Paperback | January 8, 2012

byThomas Wentworth Higginson

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1889. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... DENMARK VESEY /""N Saturday afternoon, May 25, 1822, a ^^ slave named Devany, belonging to Col. Prioleau of Charleston, S.C., was sent to market by his mistress, -- the colonel being absent in the country. After doing his errands, he strolled down upon the wharves in the enjoyment of that magnificent wealth of leisure which usually characterized the former "house-servant" of the South, when beyond hail of the street-door. He presently noticed a small vessel lying«in the stream, with a peculiar flag flying; and while looking at it, he was accosted by a slave named William, belonging to Mr. John Paul, who remarked to him, "I have often seen a flag with the number 76, but never one with the number 96 upon it before." After some further conversation on this trifling point, William suddenly inquired, "Do you know that something serious is about to take place?" Devany disclaiming the knowledge of any graver impending crisis than the family dinner, the other went on to inform him that many of the slaves were "determined to right themselves." "We are determined," he added, "to shake off our bondage, and for that purpose we stand on a good foundation; many have joined, and if you will go with me, I will show you the man who has the list of names, and who will take yours down." This startling disclosure was quite too much for Devany: he was made of the wrong material for so daring a project; his genius was culinary, not revolutionary. Giving some excuse for breaking off the conversation, he went forthwith to consult a.free colored man, named Pensil or Pencell, who advised him to warn his master instantly. So he lost no time in telling the secret to his mistress and her young son; and on the return of Col. Prioleau from the country, five days afterward, it wa...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1889. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... DENMARK VESEY /""N Saturday afternoon, May 25, 1822, a ^^ slave named Devany, belonging to Col. Prioleau of Charleston, S.C....

Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:January 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217647286

ISBN - 13:9780217647281

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