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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ...a clean coat without a feeling of crawling obsequiousness and degradation, the St. Lucia Negro is polite to a point; he can touch his hat to any one, but he will not uncover himself in the open air, even for the Governor of the Colony. He is docile, intelligent, and sober; active but not laborious; superstitious but not religious; addicted to thieving without being a rogue; averse to matrimony, yet devoted to several wives; and though faithful to neither, he can scarcely be deemed debauched. His friendship is sincere, his gratitude unbounded, and his generosity to all about him only surpassed by his affectionate attachment to his children. In him the undisciplined character of the African is tempered by the accident of his birth. He is, in short, a compound of savageness and civilization--the rude production of the desert, transplanted to a more genial soil, and polished off externally by the decencies and humanizing contact of English and French society; but without that culture in religion and education, which alone can impart either weight or moral dignity to the social man. CHAPTER VI. Religion--Protestantism--Catholicism: its Exercise guaranteed by the Treaty of Cession--Character of the Clergy--Bishop Macdonnell--Bishop Smith--Conflict of Jurisdiction--Influence of the Clergy--Parish Registers--When first confided to the Clergy--Number and Composition of the Clergy--Superstition and Intolerance--The Abb£ Chevalier--His Removal from Martinique--Arrival in St. Lucia--Services rendered to Catholicism--Sectarian Influences--His Hatred of the French--His Intolerance of Protestants--The "Domine Salvum fac Regem" Temporalities of the Church--Income of the Clergy--State Provision--Opposition of Mr. Muter--Revenue of the...

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